A Message from the Dean of Leicester – August 2020
The last four months have been challenging for us all. With little warning we have all had to change all that we do as we find our way through a pandemic safely. I have been moved by the way our community has responded with such grace, rallying together to help those in need. I know you care very much about Leicester Cathedral and I hope you have found solace and strength in our transformed response to what we do and how we engage with our supporters. Online services with growing audiences and a weekly newsletter of prayer and reflection have given rhythm to our weeks and focus to our days as we wait, and watch and prepare.
Transforming what we do in the last four months has not come without cost, and has been achieved without the resources we usually rely on such as visitor donations and collections at services – by 30 June income from collections, events, tours and donations in the boxes were down by over 30k. The Cathedral’s regular finances are under immense pressure. By the end of this calendar year we are facing a significant shortfall. In addition, with no events, tours, sales or major special services presently likely, a realistic forecast deficit from these aspects alone is at least 100k. We are reaching a point where costs cannot be further reduced and I now need to concentrate on income generation.
My colleagues and I are having to make some difficult decisions, over and above the difficult cost saving measures already undertaken, that include:
- one redundancy
- three further posts at risk of redundancy
- loss of hours for three other posts
- availing of the furlough scheme and returning staff from furlough later than we would have liked
- not reappointing a post after a postholder left
- a salary freeze in 2021
- forensic examination of each cost however great or small
I have also been working hard to secure COVID-19 related funding such as grants from the Church Commissioners, CFCE and other grant-giving bodies, and I am looking at how we might increase capacity through volunteer support. Meanwhile, there will come a time early next year when we turn our focus to Leicester Cathedral Revealed, but at this moment the most important priority is to get the Cathedral back on its feet.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us through these last few months of uncertainty; this has given us courage and faith to plan for 2021. However, I still need your help if we are to continue to do all that we do. Will you consider making a donation? If you are not already giving regularly, you can do this with a regular gift through the Parish Giving Scheme (see below). A one-off gift can either be paid directly into our bank or via our online giving channels or by cheque (see below). Please do what you can to help us through this time of crisis. When our community and nation seeks solace, prayers and strength, we are ready to respond – with worship, witness and welcome.
Ways you can help
Make a Regular Gift via the Parish Giving Scheme
Set up a regular Direct Debit by calling the Parish Giving Scheme on 0333 002 1271 (press 1 for a new mandate) – please have Leicester Cathedral’s PGS code to hand which is 190619001.
Donate online to Leicester Cathedral using the button above. This will take you to the National Funding Scheme website.
Into our Bank Account
Reference: ‘C19 gift’
Account Name: Leicester Cathedral Chapter
Account Number: 03807282
Sort Code: 20-49-11
Reference: ‘C19 gift’
Payable to: Leicester Cathedral Chapter
Address: Cathedral Finance, St Martins House, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester LE1 5PZ
You can Text PLATE to 70191 (for £10) or 70970 (£5).
Donations by text are processed by the Leicester Cathedral Charitable Trust.
Are you Eligible for Gift Aid?
If so, please download a Gift Aid form and enclose it with your cheque.
The terms and conditions of the Gift Aid Scheme state that to be eligible to Gift Aid you must meet the following criteria:
- An individual must be a UK tax payer who must pay an amount of income tax and or capital gains tax at least equal to the tax that the Cathedral reclaims on your donations in the appropriate tax year (this is currently 25p for every £1.00).
- Donations made by individual donors must be from their own money, an individual cannot make a donation under Gift Aid using someone else’s money.
- Donors can only donate for themselves and their immediate family members only.
If you would like to donate regularly by setting up your own Standing Order direct to Leicester Cathedral then please download a Standing Order Form.
During lockdown we ask that you send the Standing Order form directly to your bank. This is because the Cathedral and its offices are closed at the current time. Thank you very much indeed.
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Thank you for your support.
Thank you for your kind support. Together we can ensure that Leicester Cathedral continues to be a beating heart for City and County.