The Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome have extended their crowdfunding campaign to fit out the new pavilion after they smashed through the initial target in less than a week.
The campaign, named ‘The Big Finish', sought to raise £75,000. It did exactly that – and then some. The money already raised will be used to furnish the club room, grandstand, kitchen, offices and changing rooms within the swanky new pavilion that has been under construction for the last few months.
The London facility achieved its target at lightning pace through donations - each rewarded with keepsakes ranging from t-shirts to limited edition Condor bikes and named family seats in the new grandstand.
The campaign will finish on December 24 at midday, and has been renamed the ‘Unknown Distance’. However, the figure dancing in the pupils of the FHHV fundraiser’s eyes is £100k – with extra money going towards exciting additions such as mountain bike trails and a PA system.
The velodrome was built in 1891 and famously hosted the 1948 Olympics as well as forming a training ground for riders such as Joanna Rowsell Shand and Laura Kenny. Training sessions are on offer every day, for toddlers on balance bikes right up to fully grown no-gears-no-brakes-needing adults, with session prices starting at as little as £3.
Work to save the velodrome began in 2012, the first job being the laying down of an all-weather surface. Next up, floodlights were added (to allow for evening training such as the Sunday women’s sessions) – the pavilion and its furnishings are considered the final job on the path to ‘saving the velodrome’.
To donate, or just to have a look at some of the pretty swanky t-shirts, jerseys and bikes on offer as rewards, check out The Big Finish page here.
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