A Beacon of Hope | Gloucester Cathedral celebrates raising £1 million

Amidst all the challenges of 2020, the community at Gloucester Cathedral has achieved something remarkable.

In May, the Cathedral launched its Beacon of Hope Appeal and only seven months later is now celebrating having reached its £1 million target. This means doors can stay open in the New Year and the Cathedral’s mission to bring hope and healing to people, not just in Gloucester but around the world, can continue.

When the Coronavirus pandemic took hold, the Cathedral Chapter was in the middle of planning the next phase of Project Pilgrim, a multi-million pound fundraising campaign to restore key features of the building’s breath-taking architecture and reveal its heritage treasures to a new generation of visitors. But, as soon as the severity and potential longevity of the situation became apparent, it was clear that a new fundraising strategy was needed.

‘The only way forward was to bring flexibility and creativity to the general sense of chaos that charities across the country were experiencing,’ says Gifted’s Director and Chairman, Andrew Day. ‘The Cathedral worked really hard to incorporate digital technology into its regular worship, gathering new supporters and responding with compassion to the needs of the local community. We are absolutely delighted that the Beacon of Hope Appeal has been such a success and wish everyone at Gloucester a peaceful and joyous Christmas.’

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