Fundraising & Donations

Share in our future and be part of our history by being among the first to support Northampton’s newest and most exciting visitor attraction.

We’re making new memories with this 900 year old building by opening the doors to the public for the first time in its history in March 2018. The Abbey has undergone a multi-million pound restoration programme and been painstakingly restored to its former splendour.

Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust is an independent charitable trust with no ongoing revenue funding. We rely on the generous support of partner organisations such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, other charitable trusts and foundations and, most importantly, from our individual and corporate sponsors and supporters.

Join the story

Becoming part of our patron schemes provides a great opportunity to show your support and help to develop the ever growing future of Delapre Abbey.

There are a number of benefits for our patrons, including behind the scenes access but most importantly the knowledge that your support will be contributing to Northampton’s historical story.

Packages

All patron packages would benefit from the following:

  • Unlimited entry to the Abbey for the patron each year and 10 tickets for them to give to friends and family
  • Free entry to exhibitions and events
  • Priority booking for pre-bookable events and workshops
  • Discounts in our shop and café
  • Patrons newsletter
  • Annual patrons’ lecture
  • Complimentary copies of any Abbey publications (guide books or similar)

Abbey

£200+ annual gift (£150 Gift Aid voluntary donation, £50 worth of subscription and benefits)

In additional to the general benefits, our Abbey patrons will enjoy:

  • Reduced rate on meeting room hires
  • 1 after-hours guided tour for a patron up to 2 guests; the tour will be led by one of our staff team and will explore ‘behind the scenes’ areas of the Abbey that aren’t on the main visitor route

Lifetime Patron – Available by personal arrangement

Tate

£500+ annual gift (£400 Gift Aid voluntary donation, £100 worth of subscription and benefits)

In additional to the general benefits, our Tate patrons will enjoy:

  • Reduced rate on meeting room hires
  • 1 after-hours guided tour for a patron and up to 5 of their friends and family; the tour will be led by one of our staff team and will explore ‘behind the scenes’ areas of the Abbey that aren’t on the main visitor route
  • In addition to the after-hours bespoke tour, our Tate patrons and their guests will be offered a cream tea afterwards

Bouverie

£1000+ annual gift (£700 Gift Aid voluntary donation, £300 worth of subscription and benefits)

In addition to the above, our Bouverie patrons will enjoy:

  • 2 free meeting room hires
  • Reduced rate on additional meeting room hires
  • Free invitation to the director’s annual black tie dinner for our Bouverie patrons and their guests hosted in the Bouverie rooms along with invited VIP guests
  • 1 after-hours guided tour for a patron and up to 15 of their friends and family; the tour will be led by one of our staff team and will explore ‘behind the scenes’ areas of the Abbey that aren’t on the main visitor route
  • In addition to the after-hours bespoke tour, our Bouviere patrons and their guests will also be offered afternoon tea in the Billiard Room
  • Acknowledgment on our website and print materials*

*if desired

Donate

There has been substantial investment to help make phase 1 a reality. Some of this has been spent on the physical restoration works and some on the Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust creating plans, including activity, interpretation, and operations to bring the Abbey back to life.

Phase 1 is coming close to completion and the Abbey, the Trust now need to generate income from admissions, events, function hire, retail, and catering to cover its running costs, continue to conserve the building and develop future plans to further restore the building and bring more parts of it back into long-term use.

If you would like to help us develop onto the next stage donate now by visiting our just giving page.