Beacon of Hope Appeal Reaches Half Way Target


Gloucester Cathedral ‘Beacon of Hope’ £1 million Appeal Reaches Halfway Milestone

Gloucester Cathedral’s £1m appeal gets off to a flying start with early gifts pushing the ‘Beacon of Hope’ fundraising past the £500,000 mark.

Launched in June with a £250,000 leadership grant from the Julia and Hans Rausing Charitable Trust, all gifts to the appeal will ensure the Cathedral can continue to play a crucial role in the local community’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Having been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, the Cathedral stands to lose up to £1.3 million by 2021 in lost visitor and events income. The ‘Beacon of Hope’ Appeal is seeking to raise £1 million by Christmas to keep the Cathedral open for everyone.  This funding will enable a programme of cultural and social activities to help inspire local communities, promote wellbeing, support those who are most vulnerable and stimulate the local economy.

The Cathedral recently announced that it would be hosting Luke Jerram’s ‘Gaia’ this October as part of the campaign.

Lord Vestey, Chair of the appeal said:

“Gloucester Cathedral has an ambitious development programme in place which will pave the way for the coming decade and will ensure its sustainability for centuries to come. However, much like many others, the Cathedral’s finances have suffered because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Having lived in Gloucester all my life, I am very happy to donate to the Beacon of Hope Appeal and I am most grateful to the people of our county who have also given so generously. We are working hard to make sure that the Cathedral can remain open and continue to play a key role at the heart of the recovery. I am thrilled that half a million pounds has already been secured and confident that with everyone’s help we can achieve our target.”           

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Sandie Conway
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Notes for Editors

About the ‘Beacon of Hope’ Appeal

The ‘Beacon of Hope’ appeal aims to raise £1,000,000 to ensure the Cathedral can remain open and is able to play a key role at the heart of the city and county recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. 

Funding will be used to achieve the following goals:

  • Programme collaborative cultural activities to help inspire local communities, promote wellbeing and stimulate economic growth.
  • Ensure the Cathedral can play an important role in meeting the spiritual and social needs of our communities by being at the heart of the recovery for the city, county and diocese.
  • Safeguard our heritage, continue to care for our fabric and adapt so music and worship can still reach people’s homes.
  • Maintain and develop our training, education and outreach provisions and support the most vulnerable members of our community.
  • Deliver a digital strategy which enhances all of the above.

About the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust is an independent grant-making charitable fund supporting organisations and charities within the UK.  The Trust exists to realise the philanthropy of Hans Rausing and Julia Rausing.  Since its formation, it has provided over 220 grants totaling more than £200 million. Funding is given to organisations working within three main areas: Health and Wellbeing; Welfare and Education; and Arts and Culture.

By supporting charitable initiatives within these areas, the Trust aims to foster a healthy society that gives care to those in need, provides opportunity for all, and offers inspiring cultural engagement.

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