July 23rd, 2013 by Lihou Charitable Trust
Guernsey residents raised £60,000 to replace the roof of Lihou House on Lihou Island off Guernsey’s west coast.
Richard Curtis, Lihou Charitable Trust warden, is grateful to all those who helped make the replacement of the roof possible by fundraising and donating their time.
“We’ve had quiz nights, tea and coffee open days on Lihou island, a duck race, a summer ball, and many donations from individuals and companies, which have gone towards paying for this costly but vital project,” Richard Curtis said.
“Money was also raised through the sponsorship of a group that completed the grueling Three Peaks Challenge in July 2012.”
Guernsey Roofing began work to replace the roof on Monday 22 July 2013, and because of the work, Lihou House will not be accessible until Monday 5 August 2013.
The work coincides with the school holidays, as the house’s primary users are school and youth clubs, and also avoids the Lihou Island bird breeding season.
The work will necessitate increased tractor traffic across the causeway and on the island.
“This is certainly not a straightforward location,” Richard Curtis said.
“Suppliers of materials do not deliver to Lihou Island so all materials, including food for the workers, will need to be transported across the causeway,” he said.
In 1995 the States of Guernsey bought Lihou Island to guarantee access for the people of Guernsey and visitors.
The Lihou Charitable Trust took over the lease for the house in 2006 in order to continue the work started by the States of Guernsey by ensuring that it remained open to all.
Since 2006 over 11,200 people have stayed in Lihou house. Sixty-five percent of those visitors have been from schools and youth groups.
Lihou Island is a wonderful place for hosting training weekends, private gatherings, bird watching, environmental breaks and painting days.
The Lihou Charitable Trust receives no States funding and relies solely on fundraising.
The Trust keeps hiring costs for the house as low as possible in order to make it accessible to as many people as possible, so fundraising is vital.
For further information about Lihou Charitiable Trust’s activities contact Richard Curtis on 07781 120421 or email: [email protected]