Raffle tickets at Hanbury Hall

The parterre at Hanbury Hall

As a charity the National Trust is totally reliant on the generosity of its members and visitors to enable us to conserve our beautiful places. Membership subscriptions are the single largest source of income but along with larger donations, gifts in wills and legacies, smaller scale fundraising is crucially important too.

At Hanbury our second hand bookshop provides £6,000 - £7,000 income each year which is ploughed directly into conservation projects on site. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated books in the past and a plea to people to keep donating please!

The second hand bookshop at Hanbury Hall
The second hand bookshop at Hanbury Hall
The second hand bookshop at Hanbury Hall

Each year we run a property raffle as part of the wider National Trust’s raffle. All raffle proceeds go towards a project on site and as every ticket sale is matched by head office, every ticket bought for £1 is worth £2 so a great way to donate! Plus you’re in with a chance of winning £10,000 so it’s a no brainer.

We would like to raise £10,000 this year which we plan to put towards the restoration of our ash pans (used before water flushing toilets). Although they won’t be brought back into functional use! They are a quirky part of Hanbury’s history and a real opportunity to marvel at Victorian ingenuity.

The ashpans at Hanbury Hall
The ashpans at Hanbury Hall
The ashpans at Hanbury Hall

In the past money has gone towards bringing in our chickens in the walled garden, buying the trees and wood for the tree guards for the lime tree walk in the park, restoring the harpsichord shaped organ in the great hall, and the conservation of the Thornhill wall paintings. This year we’re raising money to go towards the restoration of the ash pans.

Wall paintings by Sir James Thornhill on the staircase at Hanbury Hall
Sir James Thornhill wall paintings at Hanbury Hall
Wall paintings by Sir James Thornhill on the staircase at Hanbury Hall

We have a small team of dedicated volunteers who sell raffle tickets and process book donations and keep the shop stocked, neat and tidy. We couldn’t operate without them so if you’re interested in getting involved please go to our volunteering page on the website to find out more.