Headed up initially by David Binch and Andy McInnes in Nottingham, a public appeal was launched. Mike O’Donnell then took up the fight in Cornwall and a huge swell of support began within the local community and the pottery world. Penwith District Council purchased the site and launched the Leach Restoration project, putting in place a new charity, the Bernard Leach (St Ives) Trust to run the pottery on completion. In total £1.7million was raised from various sources including Heritage Lottery Funding, Arts Council England, European Regional Development Fund, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Trusthouse Foundation, and Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Rural Partnership. In Japan the Mingeikan and Mashiko Village mustered support from individuals, raising nearly £35,000 between them. A further £40,000 was raised by UK potters donating work to be auctioned at Bonhams.