Engineering firm Centrax has said it hopes a £5,000 donation to the Newton’s Place museum and community space project will encourage others to follow suit.
The company, a world leader in gas turbine technology and based in Newton Abbot, was responding to a community fundraising campaign to raise £10,000 towards design costs.
With a deadline of March 30 the total had been edging up but now it has leapt to almost £7,000.
The firm’s Ian Duffin said: ‘Centrax is delighted to support Newton’s Place.
‘Newton Abbot has been home to Centrax for over 60 years and the group owes much of its success to the local people who have worked in and helped to shape the business over this time.
‘Newton Abbot is part of our organisation’s heritage and we hope that others from the business community will join us in supporting Newton’s Place and see the town continue to thrive.’
The community fundraising bid was launched last October and will help fund the cost of designers working on the project.
Their brief is to take the bare shell of the former St Leonard’s Church, Wolborough Street, and transform the interior into a state of the art museum and flexible community space.
Overall the build will cost some £2 million with up to £950,000 of Lottery players’ cash being pledged by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Town Clerk Phil Rowe, overseeing progress on behalf of the town council, said: ‘We’re extremely grateful to Centrax for this magnificent vote of confidence.
‘It’s a real boost to our fund-raising efforts and I have no doubt that we’ll meet the March 30 target if just a few individuals or businesses follow Centrax’s lead.
‘Even though the bulk of our funding will come from grant-making bodies such as the HLF it’s important that local people show their support too.
‘And it doesn’t matter if you can’t afford much as every penny counts, each magnificent oak begins life as a single acorn.
Pledges can be made via https://www.spacehive.com/newtons-place or by calling Newton Abbot Town Council on 01626 201120.