Charity’s mystery supporter

Kate Williams and Anthony Anderson and fellow members  celebrate after the mystery donation to the Red Dreams charity.
Kate Williams and Anthony Anderson and fellow members celebrate after the mystery donation to the Red Dreams charity.

A KIND mystery benefactor has stumped up £15,000 for a creative charity to transform a building into a new performance venue.

The members of Red Dreams, the performance charity based in Whitby Street South, have been hard at work fundraising for money to refurb the building attached to the charity’s unit.

But founders Ian and Dawn McManus were amazed to discover a mystery businessman had stepped forward and donated the huge amount to fund the project.

Work can now get underway on the new unit which will be refurbished as a performance and community venue, capable of holding more than 100 people.

The building will be kitted out with top-of-the-range sound system and will hold a number of live gigs from town acts and touring artists.

Dawn McManus, 43+, who set up the charity after the tragic death of 16-year-old son Kyle McManus, who passed away in 2007 after suffering a sudden brain haemorrhage, said: “It is an amazing piece of generosity in a very difficult economic climate.

“It will add to the services we can offer young people and the community as a whole.

“It is fantastic that this business, as well as all of our other local sponsors, are so dedicated to improving the lives of the young people we work with.”

The new venue has already started to be cleared so work can get underway and will be ready to open by April 1 this year, say the charity.

And in another boost for Red Dreams, the charity’s landlord has kindly agreed for the new building to be rent free until July.

Ian McManus, 43, added: “The donation came as a complete surprise to us and we can’t express how grateful we are.

“It’s such an amazing gesture.

“We can now start work on what is going to be a brilliant venue for Red Dreams and for the full community.

“We had been organising a number of fundraising events but thanks to this donation we are now able to put that money towards our young people.”

Dawn added: “With more and more live venues closing, it is brilliant that there will be a place for young artists to perform and learn their craft.

“We have already had interest from community groups about using the space.”

The charity are planning to invite special guests to an event to mark the opening of the new venue.

Red Dreams are always on the lookout for sponsors interested in donating funds for equipment such as lighting, stage rigging and microphones.

The charity can be contacted by emailing