Can you help Cathedral’s appeal? - The Evesham Observer

Can you help Cathedral’s appeal?

Evesham Editorial 6th Dec, 2022   0

AS WORCESTER’S historic Cathedral prepares for a packed programme of festive celebrations this Christmastime, it is asking for help to ensure it can continue to provide a safe place of warmth and community for everyone.

The Cathedral, like most, faces increasing financial hardship in the current climate, and as such, it has launched a Christmas Appeal aimed at raising vital funds towards its upkeep and mission.

The Vice-Dean of Worcester, Canon Stephen Edwards, said: “There have been times when I have thought the Cathedral must have revealed itself fully to me by now – and then I am surprised in the most wonderful, amazing way, with something completely unexpected.

“Such a moment happened this September, following the death of our late Queen. In the days and weeks that followed, the Cathedral became the place for our community to come together, to mourn, pray and give thanks for her life and service; and to add their own flowers and thoughts to the very moving floral tributes that grew ever larger.

“I spoke to many visitors during these poignant days and was taken aback by how many had found themselves drawn to the Cathedral, local people who had not perhaps thought of coming here for many years before. But, in that moment, seeking the place where it felt right to share their grief, it was to Worcester Cathedral they came.

“Her Majesty’s death was, for most of us, a unique experience. But I reflect on the fact that the Cathedral holds memories of many times of national loss, change and celebration over its more than 1,640 years. And, with care and support from our generation, it will surely witness many more.

“This Christmas we will once again throw our welcoming doors open wide to all – with no restrictions in place for the first time in three years. Today, I invite you and your loved ones to come to the Cathedral to join us as we gather together for our traditional celebration of Christmas – the first of our new King’s reign.

“We’re also acutely aware that the Cathedral will have a role to play for those in our city and county who will struggle to heat their homes this winter. We wish the Cathedral to be a safe place for everyone – where those who need support can come, sit, and find warmth and community.

“Lastly, I would like to offer you the chance to bring your own voice into the Cathedral this Christmas by placing your words on the large Christmas Tree that will be in the Cathedral (bigger than ever this year, I am told!)

“The tree has become an important, well-loved focal point in recent years – and the messages of love, remembrance and community celebration are extremely moving to read. I think this is another example of how the Cathedral brings us all in our community together; sharing words, music, thoughts and memories. I hope your words will be a part of that feeling of togetherness this year.

“We will be delighted to welcome you and your loved ones this Christmas. Thank you for any gift you feel able to make towards our services and community support at this challenging time. And may I wish you, on behalf of us all at Worcester Cathedral, a very happy and peaceful Christmas.”

To donate to the Cathedral’s Christmas Appeal 2022, visit

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