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Gloucester Cathedral Thanks Supporters for £1m Appeal Success

Gloucester Cathedral Thanks Supporters for £1m Appeal Success

Gloucester Cathedral Thanks Supporters for £1m ‘Beacon of Hope’ Appeal Success.

The Cathedral has issued a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to donors for getting behind the fundraising campaign.

Having been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, the Cathedral was forecast to lose up to £1.3 million in lost visitor and events income. Launched in June last year, the ‘Beacon of Hope’ Appeal aimed to raise £1 million by 25 December to ensure the Cathedral could remain open and fully operational during the pandemic.

Hundreds of people responded to the appeal helping the Cathedral to reach its £1m target by Christmas Eve.

As well as a letter of thanks and a video message, the Cathedral plans to acknowledge the extraordinary support given during a special livestreamed Candlemas service this Sunday.  

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said:

”In a time short of good news, it is amazing that so many have shown their support for the Cathedral as we seek to continue to serve and to be, literally, a Beacon of Hope.

The £1million needed was to plug the gap in our working finances caused by the pandemic, so that the Cathedral could remain open and available to all at this time of most pressing need. Thanks to the extraordinary response from across Gloucestershire and beyond, we were able to reach that target.

The funds raised have enabled the Cathedral to continue serving the city, county and diocese through activities such as daily worship (in person or online), supporting the most vulnerable through our Breakfast Club and hosting inspiring cultural events like Luke Jerram’s ‘Gaia’ and our ‘From Your Cathedral to You’ Christmas campaign.

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to everyone who contributed to the appeal. Thanks to you, we will be able to support the recovery effort in 2021 and can be confident that we will be able to welcome all as lockdown eases and continue to be that good news for all. Thank you.”

Explore Gloucestershire
29 January 2021

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