Lottery joy for Norwich cathedral
The long-running campaign to transform Norwich Cathedral was surging towards completion yesterday (December 14) after scooping £2.3m in lottery cash.
And it means the once insurmountable task of finding £10m to take the ancient site into the 21st century has just one tiny slice - or less than £130,000 - to go before the cathedral sees its dream take shape.
The early Christmas present from Heritage Lottery Fund heralds the last push in the Inspiration for the Future campaign, which was launched in 1998 and has already seen construction of the award-winning refectory.
The cathedral is now within touching distance of starting work on the separate hostry building, which will be the centre of its educational facilities and house a lasting tribute to the former RAF base at Coltishall.
“We are delighted with the news from the Heritage Lottery Fund that they are to make the full award to us of £2.3m, and this means we are so close to achieving our overall fundraising target,” said the Very Rev Graham Smith, Dean of Norwich.
“We have only £129,000 to raise and that's the missing slice of the cake.
“There were doubts at the beginning as to whether this was a step too far for Norfolk, but the generosity of our supporters and trustees means we are almost there.
“Norfolk should be immensely proud of this ground-breaking project, which is the first of any cathedral in England - Norfolk is leading the way.”
The task to find just over a tenth of the massive target has spurred the congregation into action, with individual fundraisers encouraged by the fact that every penny counts.
Coffee mornings, collections and sponsored events will now make a real difference to the coffers - with the final hurdle passed with room to spare if everyone in Norfolk gave just 16p each. Henry Cator, chairman of the campaign, added: “There's now a real passion and drive to raise the balance of the funds. We will continue with the same vigour as we have done and I am confident that people will now come forward to back us and finish this great campaign.”
Mr Smith added: “This is not just a building for the cathedral but it's a way of linking the cathedral with the wider community and making it accessible to the people of Norfolk.”
Pictured above is Very Rev Graham Smith celebrating with campaign chairman Henry Cator.
Story and picture courtesy of www.edp24.co.uk