One week to go for Lauderdale House’s online crowdfunding push to secure its future

Time is running out for a historic house as it enters the final week of its innovative online crowdfunding campaign to secure its future for generations to come.

Lauderdale House in Highgate is urging readers to help it raise up to £125,000 to complete the restoration of two upper-floor galleries.

The online campaign – launched with the help of the Ham&High – is part of its final push to raise £2.1million to restore the 16th-century mansion, to ensure the arts and education centre will still be serving the community for many more centuries.

But with one week left to raise the cash for the Lauderdale Transformed: The Historic Galleries campaign, it is now or never to give back to this gem on the Highgate skyline. So far, more than 100 people have donated to the cause and raised more than £8,000 towards the target.

Hanka Bednarova pledged what she could to the house which gave the 33-year-old her first job after arriving in the UK from the Czech Republic 11 years ago.

Miss Bednarova, now working as a customer accounts manager, said: “I feel very grateful to Lauderdale House for giving me this opportunity, and it’s at the heart of the community.

“I’m in love with Lauderdale House and the people there. I couldn’t imagine the house not being there so we need to keep it going for the future.”

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Christoph Schedl wanted to give something back to the mansion where he is set to tie the knot with his boyfriend in under three months’ time.

The 36-year-old media consultant, of Archway Road, Highgate, said: “We looked at about 20 different places to get married but we came back to this local Highgate place.”

The Highgate Neighbourhood Forum committee member added: “I thought it was time for the community to back them. We don’t have that big an impact but every penny counts for them.”

Dr Geoffrey Walker, 87, has travelled the world as an orthopaedic surgeon, but it is Highgate to which he has always returned.

Asked why he has donated several times to the historic Waterlow Park mansion, Dr Walker, of Highgate Village, said: “The reason is simply [director] Katherine Ives.

“I’ve lived in the area for a long time and since she has been around, I have felt nothing but admiration for her efforts.”

Donate online or by paying at the house with cheques, cash and credit cards.