Please & Thanks – A Reminder

Our appeal for donations and loans, first printed in GN14 and repeated in subsequent issues, has brought a most encouraging and optimistic response. As regular readers of this paper know, we needed to raise £500 immediately at the beginning of January to ensure GN’s publication during the first two months of this year. This we have received, and we are extremely grateful for the positive action on the part of those who sent in donations etc.

We also stated that we needed a further £1500 in addition to the £500 already mentioned, to enable Gay News to be financially sound during the next few months, until we are finally able to stand on our own feet completely.

From the list of figures printed at the end of this piece, you will see that to date we have only managed to obtain a portion of the amount we were hoping to raise. In this issue you will read that we have secured larger, more adequate premises, but at present we are without the funds to furnish the offices with the equipment we desperately need to operate efficiently If you still feel that GN is a venture worth supporting, your donations will be most welcome. May we remind you that loans or guarantees for bank loans are also of much value to us, as is any office furniture etc you may not be putting to good use.

In conclusion, we sincerely thank those of you who have so far contributed to our Please & Thanks appeal. We hope that your support has been repaid by the continued publication of Europe’s only independent, fortnightly newspaper for gays of all sexes.

Donations & loans received up to 14/2/73 630.73
Donations received from 2/2/73:
Mike, London SW18 1.00
David, Hexham 1.00
G W, Teddington 1.00
Colin, Hornsey 1.00
Eric, London 2.00
Dave, Cockermouth 1.00
David, Newcastle 1.00
Mike & John, Dalston 2.00
Anon, Paris (10Fr) 0.80
Barry, Birmingham 3.30
Eric, Leeds 2.00
Brian, London SW10 1.00
Brian, Heanor 1.00
TOTAL £647.83

Please And Thanks – A Reprise

In GN 15 and 16 we have carried a list of all the donations (and loans) received by us since we informed you of our financial difficulties.

We are pleased to announce that our immediate problems have been solved by your generous response. But we are still desperately in need of capital to make sure our recent troubles don’t reappear again in a month or two’s time. Also, if Gay News is ever going to be more than just a sixteen page fortnightly, we must expand and improve.

We have many plans for the future besides raising the standard and increasing the size of GN. Some of you have heard us talk about them, whilst many others can easily guess at what some of our aims are by taking a long, hard look at what is called the ‘gay scene’ and drawing their own conclusions about what is missing and sorely needed. When we finally secure larger premises we intend to regularly invite you, the readers, to meet with us to discuss the paper and the directions it should or should not be taking as well as talking about the other projects we have in mind.

To realise any of these aims, there must be funds readily available, especially in the next few months as the paper struggles to become completely self-sufficient. We must appeal to your help to reach the amounts we need. They were £500 immediately, with a further £1500 to put us on a firm financial footing. As you can see from the figures at the end of this piece, the first amount has been reached, but we are still a long way from reaching the second. May we suggest that you can help in more ways than just by sending us cash. Loans and guarantees for a bank overdraft are also a sound and practical way of providing financial stability. We can offer what assets we possess at this time as security. Any people interested in offering assistance in this way are most welcome to inspect our books before coming to any decisions.

Finally we would like to express our sincerest gratitude to those of you who have contributed to our Please and Thanks appeal. Your loyalty and faith is much appreciated.

Donations received up to 1/2/73 355.40
Loans 125.00
Donations for electric typewriter 54.00
534.40
Donations received from 2/2/73:
Tony, Weybridge 1.80
Mike, Harpenden 2.70
Waler, Hawick 1.00
David, London 7.00
Bill, Hull 2.00
Tony, London EC3 0.50
Terry, London SW4 5.00
Leeds University Gay Lib Soc 3.83
Raymond, Boston (for electric typewriter fund) 25.00
Edward, House of Commons 23.50
Anon, London 0.50
David, Birmingham 2.00
Brian, Heanor 1.00
Peter, London EC2 2.00
Dieter, Nottingham 2.00
Tony, London N4 1.00
Ronald, Wantage 2.00
Mary, London SW3 1.00
Paul, London SW6 2.00
Graham, Wrexham 1.00
John, Leeds 1.80
Micheal, Bromely 7.70
TOTAL £630.73