FUNDRAISING NEWS: The National Trust lands £24m to buy Victorian property

The National Trust has raised £24 million to purchase the unaltered Victorian Tyntesfield estate near Bristol through individual donations, fundraising grants and treasury tax concessions.

The largest contribution came from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, which pledged £17.5 million, the largest amount ever awarded by the fund for a single project. Significant contributions from private benefactors include two anonymous contributions of £1.5 million and £4 million.

Public response to the campaign exceeded the National Trust's initial £1 million target. Around £1.5 million has been raised from more than 50,000 individual donations in just over 10 days.

"We are immensely grateful for the remarkable contributions made by the National Heritage Memorial Fund, our two major donors and all our other supporters,

said Charles Nunnerly, chairman of the National Trust.

However, the trust has stated that a further £10 million is needed for the general upkeep of the property and for education and training programmes.

The National Trust wants to involve local groups in research, and repair projects at the estate.

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