THE GUILDFORD CATHEDRAL Appeal has almost reached the Â£1 million mark as people continue to get behind the MAKE YOUR MARK campaign to raise Â£1.3 million by August.
Around Â£400,000 is needed so that an application can be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a significant grant towards the total Â£7 million required to save the cathedral.
The most urgent need is for funds to remove and replace crumbling plaster in the vaults which contains asbestos. Improvements will also be made to the lighting, sound systems and accessibility to bring the cathedral up to modern day standards
The Dean of Guildford, the Very Revd Dianna Gwilliams said: â€œWe are so grateful to those who have already made their mark. If we are to save the cathedral, though, it is vital that we keep up momentum.
â€œWith Â£400,000 to raise over the summer, every single donation is going to be critical. We need to raise Â£161 per hour to reach our goal.â€
The latest update to the appeal was delivered at a fundraising dinner held in the cathedral nave. Community and business leaders attended, recognising the important role of the cathedral in the region whilst enjoying a fundraising auction for the appeal.
Former politician Michael Portillo was the guest speaker on his first visit to the cathedral. He said: â€œHaving personally seen the beauty of Guildford Cathedral for the first time, I hope people will contribute generously to save it.â€
Fundraising events are being held across the Diocese and ideas include cake sales, summer BBQs and sponsored swims. People of all ages are invited to help save the iconic Grade 2* listed building.
For more details visit www.guildfordcathedralmym.com or www.guildford-cathedral.org.