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


For further information please contact:

Aileen Ravey
Development Officer
01452 689799

Notes for Editors

About the ‘Beacon of Hope’ Appeal

The appeal aimed 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

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