Launch of Visitor Centre Appeal
Sir David Attenborough Launches Rotary Club Centenary Appeal at Bradgate Park
On Thursday 1st May The Bradgate Park Trust was pleased to welcome a number of important guests including the City Mayor, the Bishop of Leicester and the Chairman of Leicestershire County Council to an event to launch the appeal by the Rotary Club of Leicester to raise funds for a new Visitor Centre at Bradgate Park.
The Rotary Club of Leicester’s involvement with the Trust dates back to 1931 when the Club presented Swithland Wood, which it had acquired a few years earlier to save it from being felled for timber, to the Bradgate Park Trust.
The Club are seeking to raise £150,000 to fund the renovation of the existing Visitor Centre, which opened in 1993 and the extension of the exhibition into the adjoining building.
The Club and the Trust were delighted to welcome Sir David Attenborough, who grew up in Leicestershire and visited the Park many times as a boy, as Guest of Honour. Sir David added his support to the appeal and said of his memories of the Park:
“It was a vision of what the English countryside could be like – which has stayed with me for ever.”
The aim is to have the new Visitor Centre open in time for the Rotary Club of Leicester’s centenary in 2016.
Anyone wishing to support the appeal can send a cheque payable to “Rotary Club of Leicester Trust Fund” c/o Honorary Treasurer, Mr A C Keene, C/O Mutual Clothing & Supply Co Ltd, 39 Bedford Street South, Leicester, LE1 3JN or donate online at https://www.justgiving.com/rotaryclubleicester/