A fundraising appeal to save Gloucester Cathedral has been launched with a £250,000 donation.
Last week, Cathedral owners published a 'Beacon of Hope' online crowdfunder, aiming to raise £1 million.
It was kick-started with the major offering from the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust - which offers grants to charities and organisations in the UK.
The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said: “We are hugely grateful to the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust for their extraordinarily generous donation. Like most charities, the Cathedral has been hit hard by COVID-19.
"Yet, at a time when so many lives have been turned upside down, our aim is not to step back, but to step up.
"Rather than wait for things to get better, our plan is to reach out, embrace our community and heal".
.@GlosCathedral launch £1M ‘Beacon of Hope’ appeal with £250k donation from Julia & Hans Rausing Trust. Funds will keep building open to all, enable cultural & social activities for local communities & economy, promote wellbeing & support most vulnerable https://t.co/O5PR3yLq35 pic.twitter.com/BkoQS6AElN— Gloucester Cathedral (@GlosCathedral) July 1, 2020
Across 2020, it is estimated the site will lose £1.3 million of income due to a lack of visitors and events from the pandemic.
The Cathedral re-opened its doors to the public this morning (06/07) - confirming extra cleaning procedures and social distancing measures are in place.
Donations can be made here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/beaconofhope.