What’s been great about Thornton Heath is the sheer amount of talent and community ventures which we have been able to feature in the pages of this newspaper over the last two years.
Amazing artists like Kirsty Kacani who has Aspergers and has drawn these amazing, life-like pictures of people’s faces such as: legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, grime artist Stormzy, gold medal winning athlete Usain Bolt, The Queen of England, actor Ian McKellen and fashion icon Iris Apfel.
When we put a call out in the last issue for help in ensuring the future of The Chronicle Kirsty and her mum Stacey were the first to come forward and offer limited edition prints of her creations for us to auction to raise funds to keep The Chronicle going.
Thank you to all the other readers who have donated to the campaign so far to raise £10,000 for a budget for staffing costs. The Chronicle launched in September 2016 as a printed newspaper and now prints 5,000 copies a month.
We would love to get more advertising or sponsors but currently our support from ad revenue is minimal and the small grants we receive only covers the monthly costs of printing. As for sourcing stories, writing, sub-editing, and laying out of the paper, we’ve always relied on volunteers. To make sure we continue to give Thornton Heath it’s only truly local paper, we need be able to reimburse volunteers for some of their time.
Even a small amount would help use towards our target. We have set up a campaign on Gofundme.com. Click on the web site and enter thornton-heath-chronicle-campaign to donate.