UK Astronomy is hoping to inspire more communities to explore the skies with the help of its fully kitted out vehicle. The van, a Volkswagen Crafter – affectionately named the Space Crafter, was purchased as a result of a generous donation from Persimmon Homes. After visiting various different dealers and carrying out extensive research into the different types of vans that were available, UK Astronomy made the decision to purchase the Volkswagen Crafter as it had the right dimensions and fitted into the budget.
Ross visited Brian Currie Vans in Milton Keynes and thanks to his powers
of persuasion, they jumped at the chance to support a local charity with an innovative project. They discounted over £7,000 from the cost price, meaning that your
donations will now go even further!
With the Space Crafter, we are able to host stargazing evenings in the local area and once lockdown guidance relaxes further, educational events with the National Trust, Parks Trust, local councils, and schools. It will allow the charity to travel far and wide with specialist stargazing equipment.
We can’t thank Persimmon Homes and Brian Currie Vans enough for their generosity, enabling us to purchase a brand-new van in which we can fit all our telescopes and equipment in one place. This makes transportation and set up of our events much easier – enabling us to bring the skies to you. Now we are looking forward to inspiring even more children and adults to look up at the stars and learn about the amazing universe.
We would also like to thank everyone else who supports us. We have been blown away by all the support we have had and cannot thank everyone enough for believing in us. It is down to you all that we have grown from one man in a field to a registered charity with over 20,500 members.