Published: 24th September 2019

More than 100 people and organisations have shown their love for The Customs House by giving their backing to its Heart of the House appeal.

The campaign was launched in November last year in support of the arts venue’s 25th anniversary celebrations, with a range of hearts available for sponsorship.
Individuals, couples and families have used them to share their memories of the building, or have dedicated them in memory of loved ones. Community organisations and local, national and international businesses have also thrown their weight behind the scheme.
One of the latest hearts to be added to the display, opposite the box office in The Customs House foyer, is dedicated to the Durham Freemasons, which recently donated £750 to The Customs House via its Durham Masonic Benevolent Fund.

Kevin Carter, who sits on the Provincial Benevolence Committee, said: “A few months ago I was speaking to Ray Spencer about funding and pointed out that as The Customs House is a charity, we may be able to help. “We couldn’t quite stretch to the £36,000 currently required by The Customs House for a new lift, but we gave as much as we could.”There are more than 4,000 members of the Freemasons of the Province of Durham, which holds fundraising events throughout the year to plough back into the local community. In the last quarter, the Durham Masonic Benevolent Fund handed out more than £10,000 to good causes who applied to the scheme.

Ray Spencer, Executive Director of The Customs House, said: “We are very grateful that the Freemasons, with so many good causes to support, have chosen to support The Customs House in our 25th year.”

For more information about sponsoring a heart via Heart of the House, visit Prices start at just £25. At the end of 2019, the hearts will be moved to a permanent display within the building.