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Recovery Fund 2021

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Worcester Cathedral Recovery Fund

We’re asking for your help to secure the future of the Cathedral following the impacts of the pandemic.

Like most tourist attractions, we have suffered great financial hardship following the UK-wide lockdowns in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Emerging from the pandemic, we must ensure that the Cathedral and its grounds are kept in good repair, open and safe for all to enjoy our amazing heritage. We must continue to offer worship accessible to all, whether in person or online. We must bring music and choral singing back into the Cathedral day by day.

We must ensure that the Cathedral remains a beacon of hope for the community. But the stark reality is that our capacity to become that sort of place, and that kind of community, is impossible without stable finances. In order to achieve this, we need your support.

Our Cathedral

Read more from Diana, Jenny and Rachael as they share their thoughts on the Cathedral's place in their lives.

Looking back on an extraordinary year

1. The Hope Wall from our Cathedrals at Night event.

2. The Dean livestreaming to our online community. Photo by JDA Media

3. The Canon Precentor and The Dean processing into one of our Christmas services. 

4. Cathedral choristers during their first practice after lockdown.

5. The Cathedral hosting a lateral-flow testing site in the nave. Photo by JDA Media

6. The Chamber Choir’s Director of Music conducting them during one of our Christmas services. Photo by Max Wilcox

7. Member of the public carrying out a lateral-flow test. Photo by JDA Media

8. The Cathedral Choir socially distanced during one of our Christmas services. Photo by JDA Media

A message from the Dean

The Dean of Worcester, Peter Atkinson, said: “As we begin to recover from the effects of the pandemic, we must now ask for our community’s continued support for Worcester Cathedral. 

“The past year has shown how many people look to the Cathedral for emotional and spiritual support. Many found it distressing when the doors were locked, but valued our online services. Now, people long for the return of congregational services, singing, concerts, school visits, and all the ways in which the Cathedral is at the service of the community.

“I am proud that we were there to support our City and local NHS by hosting a Covid testing site earlier this year; and I am glad that we were there just recently when the county wished to remember the Duke of Edinburgh.

“We have felt very strongly the benefit of the community’s support, encouragement and prayers, enabling us to come through this most difficult year. But the hard work is only now beginning. Public and other bodies have given emergency support to the Cathedral, as to many other organisations. But in the year to come we must stand on our own feet again, relying on visitors and our community of donors and supporters.

“I know what a special place the Cathedral holds in people’s hearts. Emerging from the pandemic, we must ensure that the Cathedral and its grounds are kept in good repair, open and safe for all to enjoy our amazing heritage. But the stark reality is that this is impossible without stable finances.

“Worcester Cathedral is a ‘non-profit’ organisation and almost entirely self-funding. Neither national or local government, nor the Church of England in the diocese, the county or the city has any statutory obligation to maintain the Cathedral and all that goes on in it. The Cathedral must find that money as best it can. In normal times, a significant part of our income comes from visitors, events that generate income, and from the café and shop.

“We lost all of that last year, and we expect that income only to recover very slowly. We estimate a significant deficit in the year to come – losing £903 each day. And so, I am asking you for your extraordinary help at this extraordinary time. I know you share my conviction that Worcester Cathedral can continue to be a beacon of hope for our community.

“Please accept, in advance, our sincere and grateful thanks for any contribution towards the upkeep and longer-term future of the Cathedral you are able to make at this time.”