Local fine jewellers Michael Jones Jeweller have pledged £5,000 to support Royal & Derngate’s Derngate at 40 fundraising campaign, to go towards the cost of refreshing the seating in the Derngate as it celebrates this significant milestone. Since its last full refurbishment in 2006 the auditorium has welcomed over six million guests, leaving the seating in need of some rejuvenation, and so refurbishing the seats is one of the theatre’s priorities for this campaign.
Michael Jones Jeweller have a longstanding relationship with the theatre, having been the primary sponsor of Royal & Derngate’s Made in Northampton productions for the last seven years, as well as being an established Business Club partner. These Made in Northampton shows have brought the theatre national recognition, with recent productions such as The Pope which subsequently inspired a major film and the Olivier Award-winning The Worst Witch.
Royal & Derngate is committed to creating strong bonds with its business partners, with this donation being representative of the integral role local businesses play in cementing the theatre’s place at the heart of Northampton and helping it maintain its position as the premiere arts venue for the local community.
Jo Gordon, CEO at Royal & Derngate commented:
“The show of support received from Michael Jones Jeweller underlines the strong relationship that already exists between our two organisations and reflects the bonds we strive to create amongst all our affiliated business partners. As a registered charity we rely on partnerships with businesses who, like us, share a unique vision to create something special for Northampton and the wider region.
This donation will support us in our aims to enrich Northampton’s cultural landscape, providing a refreshed and comfortable environment for future theatregoers to enjoy the work on the stage. The commitment and vision shown by Michael Jones Jeweller is clear for all to see, and we thank them enormously for their philanthropic support.”
Mark Conway, Director at Michael Jones Jeweller also added:
“It is our great pleasure to support Royal & Derngate in regenerating their Derngate auditorium seating. We at Michael Jones Jeweller recognise the importance this venue plays in the local and wider Northampton community and have experienced first-hand the wonderful work this theatre produces. Our donation will enable future visitors to enjoy high quality theatre-going experiences in the years to come.”
Royal & Derngate is truly grateful to Michael Jones Jeweller for the generous support received and looks forward to building on their partnership as they continue to inspire audiences for the future.
If other companies would like to get involved, then they can do so by contacting the Royal & Derngate Development Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Michael Jones Jeweller, visit www.michaeljonesjeweller.co.uk/