The Watford Pump House is racing to raise £750,000 to 'Raise the Roof' for survival with a glamorous gala in April.

The well-loved community arts venue which has been the focus for local arts activities for more than half a century, needs to finance a new roof to secure its future.

To get the word out and the funds in, the venue is putting on a fundraising gala on April 6 which promises a night of fun and frolic.

The evening boasts a packed programme, featuring a two-course dinner, licensed bar, casino, auction, and live entertainment.

Those willing to spend £75 for VIP tickets will be treated to a meal, and for £35, you also have the option to join the event as a special guest.

Sharon Gaffney, from the Pump House, said: "We wanted to put on a special night that celebrates everything that people love about the Pump House while raising much needed funds to replace the roof."

The Pump House has come a long way since its days as an old pumping station supplying water to the Watford area.

Converted into a theatre auditorium and rehearsal room in the early 1970s, the Victorian building has never ceased to entertain local audiences.

Recognised for promoting local talent, the venue plays a crucial role in organising the annual Watford Fringe Festival.

Additionally, it provides a safe space for diverse groups of children, as well as individuals battling mental health problems, learning disabilities and dementia.

All these contributions to the community could be under threat if they fail to raise the necessary amount for the roof replacement and additional improvements.

These include expanding the dressing rooms, creating a new multi-purpose art and rehearsal studio with natural light, and ensuring disabled access and facilities for performers.

The Colne River Room space will also receive additional performer support facilities.

Tickets are limited, so anyone who would like to attend is urged to book quickly to be part of an event that could make a significant difference in the lifeline of this community cornerstone.

Every ticket purchased from the website supports the 'Raise the Roof' campaign, helping the Pump House to continue its mission of nurturing local talent and providing a platform for community arts activities.