Help Restore John Rae's Birthplace

You can help restore Dr John Rae’s birthplace by donating today!

We are asking for donations at a pivotal time for the Society as, having already purchased the Hall of Clestrain, we now plan to renovate the property and turn it into a world class visitor centre and vibrant community resource. The John Rae Society has entered the next exciting and extremely important phase of the project’s development where the public is consulted, design and interpretation plans are finalised, planning permission is sought and with your help, the renovation commences.

YOUR donation is incredibly important. Every penny raised will go towards our goal of renovating the Hall as well as contributing towards vital match funding, an essential part of public sector grant award. , YOUR support will help the Society confidently apply for this necessary large-scale funding.

The Hall of Clestrain development will provide real economic benefit through employment and volunteering opportunities, attract and offer visitors a wider range of possible themes and itineraries, provide new educational,/research facilities and training opportunities, and engage with communities in both Orkney and Canada to achieve a better understanding of our shared heritage and ancestry.

All donations received go directly to making a real difference and we would be grateful for whatever you can contribute.

Thank you
The JRS Board of Trustees

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