By Steve Carpenter 18/04 Updated: 23/04 17:03
THE appeal to repair a crack in the ruins of Coventry's historic Cathedral has been given a major boost after receiving a large grant from under the Landfill Communities Fund.
The Observer reported last September that a crack had emerged in the Cathedral walls despite more than £350,000 being spent on repairs in 2010.
Almost £2million needs to be raised to stabilise the Ruins including fixing the crack, undertaking structural work to the tower, restoring the Crypts and the Wryley Chapel, and conserving the Medieval Glass so that it can be put on display (currently in storage).
And now a total of £77,383 has been made available by WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited), which means the restoration work to the south-west corner of the ruins can begin.
"We are delighted to have achieved this first mile-stone in restoring the Ruins and are very grateful to WREN for their generous grant," explained Jane Woodward, executive director of Coventry Cathedral.
"We hope this phase of the work will now begin in June and will be completed by November.
"However, it is just the beginning of the restoration programme and we hope that the public will continue to be as generous as they have been in the past."
The first phase of the repairs is focused on the area affected by the crack and the vaulted west porch entrance adjacent to the tower, which Woodward confirmed would cost £262,720 to complete.
The money was given as part of the WREN Heritage Restoration Fund, which awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated by Waste Recycling Group (WRG) to the Landfill Communities Fund.
Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, added: "It is vital that we support the long-term survival of iconic historical sites such as the old Coventry Cathedral ruins and we are delighted to support their valuable work."
*The Cathedral has also launched a Raise it for the Ruins campaign alongside the Coventry Building Society to encourage the public to continue to raise urgently needed funds for the ruins.
Cathedral money boxes are available that can hold up to 30 £1 coins and, when it’s full, members of the public can simply take the box to the Coventry Building Society who will collect the money and pass all proceeds to the Cathedral.
The money boxes can be picked up from any Coventry Building Society Branch, the Cathedral Welcome Centre, the Blitz Experience or requested via the Cathedral’s website – coventrycathedral.org.uk.
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