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Threatened Stephen Lawrence Trust makes funding plea

The Stephen Lawrence Trust has called on architects to sponsor its diversity programmes amid fears that funding shortfalls could force it to close

The trust may have to halt programmes that give disadvantaged young people access to the profession, inspired by murdered teenager and aspiring architect Stephen Lawrence (pictured, right), by the end of 2012.

The cash-strapped organisation, which is based in a David Adjaye-designed building in Deptford, south London, currently has annual operating costs of around £150,000.

Chief executive Paul Anderson-Walsh said money was needed to create a ‘living legacy’ that helped black and ethnic minority youngsters become architects.

He said: ‘If we were able to generate £50,000 from the architecture and built environment professions, we could effectively guarantee the capacity to deliver on all of our aspirations for the built environment.’

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