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Chichester Cathedral to Receive A Second Grant From The First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund (posted 27 October 2014)

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Chichester Cathedral to Receive Second Grant from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund

Chichester Cathedral
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Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust are delighted to announce a £100,000 grant award from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund.  Grants from the fund, announced at Budget 2014, allow cathedrals to undertake urgent repair work.  The Trust successfully applied to the second round of the scheme for funds towards urgent repairs that are needed to part of the Cathedral roof, attached to the South Transept.  This particular roof space covers the St Pantaleon Chapel which is an esssential part of Cathedral life; the Chapel is a hub for the Cathedral's volunteers (600 in total) and is also a sacristy frequently in use as part of the Cathedral's daily round of worship.

Ruth Poyner, Cathedral Spokeswoman, adds: 'We are very grateful for this grant - Chichester Cathedral is one of a reducing number of English Cathedrals maintaining a free entry policy and this is enabled, in part, by the constant fundraising efforts of the Restoration Trust.  The receipt of this grant is particularly welcome at a time when the Cathedral is embarking on a major programme of restoration and development projects over the next ten years or so, necessitating a trebling of the Trust's fundraising efforts to date.'

Craig Sergeant, Trust Director, comments: 'This is wonderful news and we are immensely grateful to both the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and ChurchCare.  The repairs to this part of the roof will cost a total of £195,000, so this much needed award, together with matched funding being provided by the Trust, will enable this urgent work to be completed within the next 12 months.'

This award is part of a second round of fundraising allocations - the £20million First World War Centenary Fund was set up earlier this year to help Cathedrals with urgent repairs and the first round of grants was announced in July.  In the first round, Chichester Cathedral was awarded £140,000 for urgent repairs to another part of the Cathedral roof - its North West Tower.  Craig Sergeant explains: 'We are incredibly fortunate to receive this second award, notification of which is very aptly timed as it coincides with the start of the project enabled by the first award announced earlier this year.  That first project, to repair the roof to the North West Tower, commenced on Thursday of last week.'

Grants such as this are an essential part of the Trust's fundraising efforts, they enable urgent works to take place, so the Trust can turn its attention to the continuing- and challenging - task of raising funds for the Cathedral's numerous other restoration and development projects; an essential and costly programme of work requiring many millions of pounds.

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