Iain Gray MSP is urging local people to consider supporting a new emergency fundraising campaign launched by The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) to maintain its heritage work as it expects to lose almost half of its income this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The charity has launched the Save Our Scotland campaign with the aim of raising at least £2.5m to make sure it can continue to protect the 88 visited properties, 300,000+ artefacts and more than 76,000 hectares of countryside and gardens it is responsible for.
NTS expects to lose £28m in income in 2020, which represents about half (48%) of the charity’s total income (£57.9m) in 2018/19. The trust has said that “a drop in income will see sites mothballed or worse still sold to private owners”.
Iain Gray MSP said:
“NTS is the guardian of many of Scotland’s most important cultural heritage properties and sites, including some, like Preston Mill, here in East Lothian, as well as carrying out important conservation work. The charity’s ability to protect some of Scotland’s most iconic and special places is now under threat.
“I know many charities are experiencing dramatic falls in their income due to the pandemic, but the potential loss of so many important historic and heritage sites would be a national disaster. That is why I am helping promote the Trust’s new fundraising campaign.”
Find out more about the Save Our Scotland campaign and the work of NTS at www.nts.org.uk/donate.