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Stump Cross Caverns approach halfway mark in final attempt to 'Save the Cave'

Stump Cross Caverns are almost at the halfway mark of their 'Save the Cave' campaign to stop the business from going under.

Stump Cross Caverns are almost at the halfway mark of their 'Save the Cave' fundraiser in what is their final attempt to stop the business from going under. The tourist attraction near Pateley Bridge saw visitor numbers plummet from around 60,000 to just 15,000 due to the pandemic, and with ticket sales down by more than £350,000, Stump Cross owners Lisa Bowerman and Nick Markham have been forced to raffle off their beloved VW Campervan in one final attempt to 'Save the Cave'. The campaign has raised just over £21,000 thus far, with donations and support pouring in from people across the area who have grown up visiting the cave. But with a target of £50,000 needed before the end of March, Stump Cross Caverns still need more support. Owner Lisa Bowerman said:

“We’ve worked tirelessly to offer an outstanding experience to all our customers since we took ownership of Stump Cross Caverns 18 years ago. Visitors have marvelled at the magical splendour the caves have to offer thanks to its beautiful grottos and benefited from the recent refurbishment of our café, 50-seater cinema, and exclusive chill out zone, known as the Time Out Pod. “By pledging donations, our supporters will not only have the chance to win some truly amazing prizes, including our very own state-of-the-art VW Campervan and five memorable Stump Cross experiences, but they will also be helping us and our local suppliers, continue trading and keep tourism alive in the Yorkshire Dales.”
Alongside the campaign, Stump Cross are running a second appeal that offers people the chance to take part in a £500 draw, with five prizes up for grabs. Each lucky winner will receive memorable Stump Cross experiences, all activated upon the site reopening. Prizes are individually worth £100 and include: Exclusive use of the newly refurbished cinema for up to six people (Food and drinks include) Annual Family Cave Pass. A day relaxing in the recently renovated ‘Time Out Pod’. Breath taking views of the Dales and private dining included. Valid for up to six people. £100 in vouchers, to be redeemed onsite. A freshly cooked meal for up to six people in ‘The Time Café’. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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