Beacon of Hope Appeal

Gloucester Cathedral Beacon of Hope Appeal

Thank you to all the Beacon of Hope Appeal supporters who helped us to acheive our target

Having been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, the Cathedral was forecast to lose up to £1.3 million by 2021 in lost visitor and events income. Launched in June, the ‘Beacon of Hope’ Appeal aimed to raise £1 million by 25 December to ensure the Cathedral continues to remain open and fully operational during the pandemic.

A message from Dean Stephen Lake:

"The ‘Beacon of Hope’ Appeal came from people describing the sight of the Cathedral tower in lockdown being like a Beacon of Hope, particularly when it was lit blue in support of the NHS and key workers.
The £1million needed was to plug the gap in our working finances caused by the pandemic, so that your 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 have reached that target. The funds donated have enabled us 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’. We will continue to do everything we can to support the recovery effort in 2021.
I am particularly grateful to Lord Sam Vestey for leading this campaign. Thank you to everyone who has supported the appeal, and may God bless us all this Year."

With special thanks to The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, Gloucester Diocese, Friends of Gloucester Cathedral, Culture Recovery Fund, Cathedral Sustainability Fund, Lord Vestey, Cathedral Choirs Emergency Fund, and the numerous members of our congregation, community, families, Trusts and individuals who supported us through this appeal.

About the Beacon of Hope Appeal

We need your help to make sure your Cathedral can play a crucial role in our community’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. If not directly affected by the virus, many of us are experiencing feelings of isolation and uncertainty at this difficult time and seeking spiritual reassurance and a source of hope. Your Cathedral is here to help.

In step with those who have gone before us, our role is to respond positively to today’s unique set of challenges, by serving our communities through worship, outreach, music and mission. Whether our ministry is conducted virtually or otherwise, your Cathedral stands as a beacon of hope for all as we find ourselves in these unprecedented times. 

Your Cathedral, though, has also been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. For the first time in 800 years we have had to close our doors and live separately from our community. The inevitable drop in funding is acute for all cathedrals. By the end of 2021, we stand to lose somewhere in the region of £1.3 million. Yet, at a time when so many lives have been turned upside down, our aim is not to step back, but to step up. Rather than wait for things to get better, we want to reach out, to embrace our community and to heal. Your Cathedral must continue to be a place of sanctuary, solace and reinvigoration.

With your support we will be able to achieve the following:

  • 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

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