It’s been a month of charity cheque presentations at the Cathedral, with two successful fundraising events raising money for four charities. The money raised will go to help a variety of different causes including local families in the Canterbury region struggling with housing issues and a women’s project in Kenya.
Cathedral staff presented a cheque for £1,072.28 to The Canterbury Housing Advice Centre (CHAC) on Wednesday 17 June 2015.
The money was raised at the beginning of June when staff and friends gathered for the annual cathedral staff quiz evening. This year’s chosen charity, CHAC, works to prevent homelessness in the Canterbury area. Last year CHAC were disappointingly the victim of major funding and staff cuts, despite meeting all their core targets. This year CHAC continue to operate on a reduced scale but are still eating into financial reserves to enable them to provide the service. They may face closure in 2016 unless they can raise an additional £35K pa. Last year, the vital work of this charity stopped 170 families in Canterbury from losing their homes.
We are very grateful to the staff of Canterbury Cathedral, who raised a splendid £1,072 for CHAC at their quiz night, this money will be used to help local families facing homelessness and housing problems.
Nick Jackson CHAC Management Committee Chair
On Monday 20 July two cheques, each for £5,411.77 were presented at the Cathedral and a further cheque for an identical amount has been sent to support gardening and nursing charities via the National Gardens Scheme (NGS).
The two charities that received the cheques were Kent Refugee Action Network, an independent charity supporting young unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees and Seeds for Africa who help African families and communities by the provision of seeds, agricultural equipment and relevant technical advice. The charity aims to give individuals and communities a self- sufficient, sustainable future.
The money was raised through admission fees, the sale of plants, and catering at the Cathedral’s annual Open Gardens weekend, which took place over weekend of the 30 and 31 May 2015.
2,447 people, attended the popular two day event and a record total of £16,235.31 was raised for the various charities.
During the weekend the gates to all five beautiful historic Canonical gardens were open and visitors had the opportunity to explore and discover secret areas of the World Heritage Site. In addition to the gardens and green spaces, visitors had the rare opportunity to visit the Bastion Chapel in the Kent War Memorial Garden. A fine collection of classic cars was on display on the Green Court, and a mouth-watering variety of homemade cakes and tea were provided in the refreshments tent. A display of birds of prey took place near the Corona chapel, accompanied by the ever-popular bee keepers.
The cheques were presented to the charities by Events Administrator Victoria Adley and the Cathedral’s Head Gardener Philip Oostenbrink.
This cheque means that we can do even more work to enrich the lives of these vulnerable young people that we are looking after and to help them to live in the community and build themselves, we hope, good lives.
Ann Whitbourn from Kent Refugee Action Network
This cheque, which is quite a considerable amount of money, will almost certainly be spent on a women’s project in Kenya for which I’m sure that they will be very grateful.
Chris Bowman from Seeds for Africa