In Memory of Gerald 'The York Minster Cat'

by Gerald 'The York Minster Cat' in York, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 18th October 2020 we successfully raised £1,355 with 100 supporters in 28 days

We aim to celebrate & remember Gerald 'The York Minster Cat' by commissioning a sculpture of him for inclusion in York's unique Cat Trail.

by Gerald 'The York Minster Cat' in York, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

 With your incredible support we have met and  surpassed our fundraising target.

A number of other projects born out of the loss of Gerald are now underway to keep his memory alive and to provide a lasting legacy aiming to promote Gerald's ability to bring people together, provide comfort and support wellbeing.

Details of these projects will be added to this page once confirmed.

 Firstly though, this message comes from Justine (Gerald's owner)...

"I have been approached by a published author who would like to include a section about animals in his forthcoming book about churches and wants to ask me about Gerald & Donald.  If any of you have any anecdotes of either Gerald or Donald that you would like me to share then please send them via email: [email protected] "

Thank you

 


Thank you for visiting our page. There are I'm sure, many people out there who met and became fond of Gerald 'The York Minster Cat' who sadly passed away early September this year. 

Gerald was an incredibly special cat who spent the latter three years of his life happily patrolling the cobbled streets and gardens surrounding York Minster. Gerald had a very comfy bed and food at home but his independent character meant that for much of his days and nights he was out. 

Gerald became well known throughout York and infact the world, appearing in selfies and posts all over social media. He wasn't fame crazy, it was merely a resulting side effect of his friendly nature and curiosity to meet and sit with people of all backgrounds. 

Gerald helped people through depression, he appeared in the background of wedding photos and inspired non-cat people to reconsider! 

His tragic and untimely death was a feature in the press both locally and nationally; a sign of his special and charming qualities and of the impact he had on hundreds of people.

In Gerald's memory we would like to carry on the postive engagement he had with individuals and the wider community. 

In order to remember and celebrate him the way we wish to we set out to raise enough money to commission a local sculptor to create a lasting sculptural tribute to Gerald which would feature within York's unique and popular cat trail which exists within the city. 

THANK YOU to all of you who have been part of this by donating and/or spreading the word of our fundraiser. We are delighted to say that when this Crowdfunding campaign came to an end on 18th October, we all raised enough to make this idea possible.

Originally we reported that Martin Coward, from Terrington would be involved in the project to create a statue of Gerald but that is not possible now.

We are so grateful to Anthony Bartyla who has stepped in to take over.

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Anthony  learnt his trade of Stone Masonry and Sculpture working for the Fitzwilliam Estate in Malton and studied Masonry at York College. He has worked on the famous York House, with links to Charles Dickins and the Atlas Fountain at Castle Howard. In addition to this Anthony is the founder of The Raven and the Hare Stone Carving in York. 

Gerald's sculpture is now complete and is being carefully stored until a safer time (post pandemic) when it can be unveiled to the public. We are delighted to announce that the Holy Trinity Church ( on Goodramgate) will be where Gerald's sculpture will be placed. We will of course keep you updated as plans develop regarding the unveiling.

Thank you all for your time,generosity and for sharing your memories of Gerald.

 On behalf of Donald (Gerald's Bengal Brother), his family (Justine, Sam, Elise), friends & fans. X

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