Millions flood in for iconic cathedral
PUBLISHED: 16:50 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:16 23 August 2010
AN appeal to fund the conservation and development of Canterbury Cathedral has reached the £9 million mark. The Save Canterbury Cathedral Appeal said on Monday that they had reached the milestone after two years of campaigning. The appeal was set up in
AN appeal to fund the conservation and development of Canterbury Cathedral has reached the £9 million mark.
The Save Canterbury Cathedral Appeal said on Monday that they had reached the milestone after two years of campaigning.
The appeal was set up in October 2006 with the hope of raising a total of £50 million to fully restore the building - one of the oldest and most famous religious landmarks in the country.
Since it started, important conservation work has been carried out as donations have flood in from across the county.
Matthew Butler, chief executive of the Save Canterbury Cathedral Appeal, said: "We have seen a tremendous response to the appeal in the last year, particularly when considering the current economic climate.
"We have continued to be delighted by the generosity of the people of Kent who have donated financially, run events or volunteered their time."
Canterbury Cathedral's history can be traced back to 597AD when St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great as a missionary, established his seat (or 'Cathedra') in Canterbury.
In 1170, archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the cathedral and, ever since, the building has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told famously in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
Mr Butler added: "There is still a long way to go - £41 million to be precise - and we have much planned for the next few years to ensure we secure these donations."
The next fundraising event will be the appeal's annual Christmas concert in the nave of the cathedral on December 13. 'A Baroque Christmas', featuring many popular and familiar classical Christmas pieces performed by members of the English National Opera and the internationally acclaimed choir, The Sixteen.
Tickets are £10 and can be purchased on 01227 464764.
For more information on the Save Canterbury Cathedral Appeal or to make a donation please contact 01227 865346 or visit the website at www.savecanterburycathedral.com.