You can help us care for our historic church buildings. Gifts in wills are a lasting legacy that will help preserve over 1000 years of history. We will ensure that your gift goes directly to those that care for our historic churches and their unique treasures where the need is greatest.
The maintenance of historic churches across the country is financed by local volunteers with little experience in fundraising. The average annual cost of for the maintenance and repairs to parish churches is £150 million. Local communities struggle to raise these funds year after year and are in great need of financial and professional help.
For this reason, the Church of England set up the Anglican Parish Churches Fund as the national charity to support the care and conservation of its historic and at risk parish churches.
The Church of England’s 15,700 parish churches are amongst Europe’s finest historic buildings and contain an unparalleled wealth of heritage interiors, rivalling the collections of the world’s great museums and attracting millions of visitors each year.
We welcome all legacy donations, however large or small, and we commit to using your gift where the need is greatest, in the care and maintenance of the Church’s national historic churches.
Conservation of nationally significant artefacts in danger of being lost
National initiatives to train parish church volunteers in the skills they need to look after these priceless buildings and collections
Support of churches across the country where the need is greatest through grants and strategic partnerships with other heritage organisations.
A gift in your will can make a difference today and for generations to come. To see our complete legacy policy and sample wording for your will, please click here.
Telephone: 020 7898 1885
Address: Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ
ChurchChare is a registered Charity in England and Wales No. 1148066
We strongly advise you consult a solicitor when writing or amending your will.
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).