A FUNDRAISER to secure the future of an iconic Ulverston business has exceeded its original fundraising target.

The Roxy Collective was formed by a group of Ulverstonians in April, with the aim to purchase the Roxy building and maintain the businesses which are already there; The Roxy Cinema, Laurel and Hardy Museum, U-Gym Ulverston and 808010 Productions.

Ulverston Town Council granted The Roxy Collective £50,000 towards the project, which is just over a quarter of the asking price.

The Roxy Collective launched a fundraising page to appeal for community support for the project, with a goal of £20,000.

And now the group has announced that it has raised £31,000, 155 per cent of its target.

A spokesman for the group said: “After an absolutely incredible few weeks we’re thrilled to announce that ‘The Future Of The Roxy’ crowdfunder has raised 155 per cent of its target!!

“Thank you for joining us on this exciting journey, and thank you for the generosity, enthusiasm and engagement you’ve shown in donating and sharing.

“We will be reaching out to everyone and confirming the names/details they’d like us to use in their pledge.

“Please be patient with us as we work through this as it is a manual process.  If you need to get in touch you can always email admin@the-roxy.org.

“Finally, keep an eye on our social channels for more updates, including the winners of May’s ticket draw!

“Here’s to an exciting future for The Roxy and thank you again!”