A popular sports and social club has launched a 'Covid-19 relief fund' to save it from closure after losing over £100,000 in income during the coronavirus pandemic.
Blackburn Sports and Social Community Club, known as Blackies, in Brough say they have taken a "significant financial hit" and are now calling on the wider community to help keep it open.
Managers say they want to raise £20,000 in four weeks to help the club through "this difficult time" and have launched an online Crowdfunder.
The venue, in Skillings Lane is home to five adult male football teams and one adult ladies team and 30 youth football teams. It also hosts children's soft play, bingo, exercise classes and more.
A fundraiser says: "Blackburn Sports and Social Community Club Needs Your Help!
"During lockdown our Club has had to cease all of its sporting and social activities, resulting in a significant financial hit.
"We are now calling on you - our wide community of players, members, supporters and friends - to raise funds for our Covid-19 Relief Fund.
"Our usual income over this period comes from being able to host sports, social events, functions, various activities and of course run a public bar.
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"Unfortunately, we were not eligible for any of the government handouts or any other grants, and bills have still had to be paid during this time.
"Because of the lockdown we have so far lost in the region of £100,000 of income from cancelled events, bookings and other income.
"This is why we have put together a crowd funding campaign to raise funds for a Covid-19 Relief Fund.
"We hope that our community of players, members, supporters and friends can rally together and lift the Club out of its current financial uncertainty by helping to raise the ambitious sum of £20,000 within 4 weeks.
"Please let all your friends and families know about this CrowdFunder page, including the many that no longer live in our area, but who enjoyed attending and playing at the Club over the years.
"Let’s show what a great sporting community Blackburn Leisure Community Sports and Social Club is and help the Club through this difficult time."
Blackburn Sports and Social Community Club has been the centre of the community since 1930 and started out as Blackburn Welfare Society.
Without Blackburn Sports and Social Community Club, the community would be without five adult male football teams and one adult ladies team, 30 youth football teams, squash, snooker and pool, bowls, boxing, tennis, astronomy, exercise classes, children's soft play and bingo, private function room hire and an established social membership of over 800 people.
A spokesperson for the fundraiser said: "The funds raised through this crowdfunding initiative will go towards ensuring the financial sustainability of our club during the COVID-19 crisis, and onwards as we exit this difficult period.
"We will also upgrade existing facilities to provide better safety, security and disabled access to various parts of the site.
"We urgently need funds to keep basic services running and to help modernise existing facilities."
The money will be used to reduce the debt accrued due to the forced closure of the premises, and will also be spent on refurbing the old sports pavilion changing rooms and washrooms, adding disabled access to various parts of the site and a social media marketing campaign to help relaunch the club after the COVID-19 pandemic and once refurbishments are completed.
Donations of £50 or over will receive free membership upon renewal for the following year. Donations of £25 will rewarded with a £5 voucher redeemable at the clubhouse bar. Corporate advertising rewards are also available for donations over £300 around the site.
Click here to donate to the fund.