By remembering ChurchCare in your will today, you too can ensure the survival of this extraordinary collection of fine and decorative arts.
The 16,000 churches of the Church of England are not only some of England’s finest historic buildings, but they also house an incredible array of treasures rivalling the collection of our national museums.
More than three quarters of the Church of England's churches are listed, and the Church of England is responsible for nearly half of the grade I listed buildings in England. More than half of churches are in rural areas (where 17% of the population lives) and more than 90% of these are listed.
In the last 12 years, we have helped over 2,000 parishes conserve treasures ranging from medieval wall paintings, monuments, and stained glass to historic bells and organs. Our work receives no government funding and we take no administrative charges so that your gift will be fully available to those that care for our churches.
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Address: Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ
ChurchChare is a registered Charity in England and Wales No. 1148066
A cathedral is often the most historic and architecturally important building in its city. Cathedrals attract some 12 million visitors a year, and nearly 2 million people attend arts events and civic occasions in these buildings. They bring some £200 million a year into local economies. Cathedrals – most of them Grade I listed – need to spend more than £10 million a year simply for their routine care and maintenance.
Our specialist support ensures these buildings and their unique treasures are preserved for future generations and displayed at heart of local communities
The gallery on the right shows how we assisted Norwich Cathedral. A grant of £60,000 enabled Norwich Cathedral to re-roof St Luke's Chapel. The Chapel, constructed in the late 11th to early 12th century, is part of the earliest phase of the Cathedral building. Commenting on the project, the Dean of Norwich, The Very Revd Graham Smith said, "We are most grateful for this grant which has allowed the Dean and Chapter to address this long-standing problem. St Luke's Chapel roof had been patch repaired for a number of years. It is reassuring to know that this job has now been properly attended to."
No-one has greater responsibility for England's built heritage than the Church of England and yet (with the exception of grants to reduce the VAT on repairs to historic churches) no taxpayer's money goes into funding these historic buildings. The English Cathedrals Fund is a registered charity (Charity Number 1148698) that supports cathedrals with conservation projects. Our work relies on the generous support from individuals.
Leave a Legacy
Please consider leaving a legacy to the English Cathedrals Fund and help us protect our unique heritage, now and for future generations.
The English Cathedrals Fund is administered by the staff at the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division, which takes no administrative charges. All donations go directly to cathedrals where the need is the greatest.
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Charity Number 1148698
ChurchCare is the Church of England’s national resource, adding value from the centre to support over 16,000 parish churches and 42 cathedrals. We are a centre of excellence offering advice, expertise and education as well as campaigning and fundraising on behalf of all those caring locally for church buildings and their contents.
By supporting us, individuals, organisations and companies can achieve their charitable and philanthropic objectives with the satisfaction that projects make a lasting contribution to local communities.
Every penny we raise is given to parish churches and cathedrals via our grant schemes supported by expert committees (you can find more information on our expert committees here).