Gloucester Cathedral Launches £1M ‘Beacon of Hope’ Appeal


Gloucester Cathedral Launches £1M ‘Beacon of Hope’ Appeal
with £250,000 Donation from the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

Julia and Hans Rausing have awarded a £250,000 grant to help kick start a £1,000,000 fundraising appeal.

The Cathedral is aiming to raise the funds by Christmas to ensure it can 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. All funds raised will be used to keep the building open for all and to 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 Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said:

“We are hugely grateful to the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust for their extraordinarily generous donation. Like most charities, the Cathedral has been hit hard by COVID-19. 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, our plan is to reach out, embrace our community and heal.

This is a wonderful way to launch our ‘Beacon of Hope’ appeal which will ensure that your Cathedral sits at the heart of the recovery across the city, county and diocese.”

Julia and Hans Rausing said:

“Gloucester Cathedral plays a crucial role in the local community, providing support and opportunity at a time of great difficulty for many.

“We are pleased to support the Beacon of Hope appeal, which will enable Gloucester Cathedral to continue to provide such important services in the area, and hope that others in the community will rally round to support the excellent work that the Cathedral has continued to do during the pandemic.”

To find out more and donate towards the appeal visit


For further information please contact:

Aileen Ravey
Development Assistant
01452 689799

Notes for Editors

About the ‘Beacon of Hope’ Appeal

The 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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