Club Mission manager describes staff 'devastation' as fundraiser launched to save club

A manager from Club Mission in Leeds has described the 'devastation' of staff following the news of the club's closure.

By Daniel Sheridan
Saturday, 1st August 2020, 4:45 pm

In a statement issued on Friday, the club announced it would cease trading 'until further notice' due to the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is believed Mission's adjacent sister club, Tunnel Leeds, will also close its doors.

The manager, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Leeds had lost 'such a massive part' of the nightlife in the city due to the closure.

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He said staff were informed of the closures on Friday and it was 'devastating news'.

It is believed that around 30 staff members will be affected by the closure.

A fundraiser has now been launched to 'save the club' on GoFundMe.

A post on the fundraiser - set up by a loyal customer and supported by the staff - read: "Mission and Tunnel are part of the LGBTQQIAAP+ history in Leeds; acting a safe space and a place to celebrate queer culture for locals and students. Coronavirus has hit a lot of businesses hard, but the nightclub industry has been crippled more than most.

"Multiple staff and performers face unemployment and a special piece of Leeds will be lost forever .

"If you’ve ever spent a night there you’ll get it, if you haven’t you need to. Save our club!"

More than £400 has been raised in the first few hours of fundraising.

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