Charleston Emergency Appeal

The closure of Charleston due to the COVID-19 pandemic, together with the cancellation of Charleston Festival, is financially devastating for our organisation.  

Charleston is a charity which receives no public funding. We value our independence, but we are also painfully aware of how exposed we are. It costs over £1m a year to conserve the house and garden, to give a platform to important conversations, art and ideas through our festivals, events and exhibition programmes, and to open and share Charleston with our visitors.

Every penny we need to do this we have to raise ourselves through ticket sales, through spend in our shops and café, and other fundraising activities. And that’s stopped – overnight. 

We are making full use of the government’s schemes to support some staff and running costs, but without any income from ticket sales and spend around our site we are left with a huge shortfall that threatens our future.

We know these are challenging times for many people, but Charleston needs your help now more than ever. We are enormously grateful for whatever you can afford to give. 

Charleston Inspires Auction

To support Charleston’s Emergency Appeal, Brighton-based artist Emily Maude has set up Charleston Inspires: an Instagram auction featuring more than 170 lots from an array of artists. The auction is running on Emily’s Instagram account and bids will close at 4pm (BST) on 20 June 2020

Charleston is unable to claim Gift Aid on auction sales so if you are one of the lucky winning bidders, please follow the auction payment instructions here.


Ways to donate to the Emergency Appeal

For donations of up to £500

1. Please donate via our CAF page   DONATE NOW   

2. Or, please donate via PayPal         DONATE NOW   

3. Or, please donate via Text Message. To donate up to £20, simply text APPEAL plus the amount you wish to give, e.g. APPEAL 10, to 70480. Texts cost your donation amount plus one standard rate message. 


For donations of £500 and above

Please email to donate via BACS. 


Donors from the USA 

The Royal Oak Foundation is a United Sates not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charity which makes grants to The Charleston Trust, enabling you to donate and receive a tax deduction for your gift. 

If you are a US citizen and would like to support Charleston, please donate via The Royal Oak Foundation DONATE NOW  

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