Belfast Cathedral Chairs Appeal

by Belfast Cathedral Chairs Appeal in Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast Cathedral Chairs Appeal

Total raised £800

raised so far

+ est. £196.25 Gift Aid

7

supporters

We aim to raise £75,000 before our 120th year celebrations for new seating to enhance the comfort of Belfast Cathedral for decades to come.

by Belfast Cathedral Chairs Appeal in Belfast, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 10th January 2024 we'd raised £475 with 4 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

The anchor point of Belfast’s globally-renowned Cathedral Quarter, Belfast Cathedral, the Cathedral Church of St Anne, has been the location for countless important commemorations, funerals, weddings, celebrations and civic events, across the years, notably the recent Service of Reflection for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attended by King Charles III and then Queen Consort Camilla in September 2022. We are proud to be ‘the Cathedral at the heart of the city, with the city at its heart’, and have a strong ethos of welcoming all guests, no matter their walk of life or religious background.

Offering a ‘seat at the table’ for worshippers and the wider public since its consecration in June 1904, Belfast Cathedral is preparing for a year of celebrations, commemorations, and special events to mark 120 years. These events will highlight the colourful history and important role it has played historically and continues to play in the lives of Belfast’s faithful from all denominations and, indeed, civic life in Northern Ireland.

Our Chairs Appeal aims to raise £75,000 before the Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving on 2nd June 2024 to replace the existing wooden chairs in the Cathedral’s nave, which have been in continuous use for 120 years. One iconic photo taken inside Belfast Cathedral depicts soldiers seeking reprieve during the Second World War, seated in uniform in the simple wooden chairs with weapons nearby, highlighting the important role they have played for over a century.

Following 120 years of use, the chairs have offered a place for faithful parishioners who have gathered for weekly services and private prayer, for civic leaders and foreign dignitaries who have attended important commemorations and memorial ceremonies, and a multitude of events. Unfortunately, time has taken its toll and it is time to invest in the future of our Cathedral and the comfort of our guests. New chairs will serve as a symbol of our continued community growth and service for generations to come.

We are inviting families who lost a relative during the Covid-19 pandemic, or who wish to commemorate a loved one, to consider donating in their honour. Marking the many funerals that unfortunately could not take place due to the restrictions in place to stop the spread of Covid-19, we believe that many people may wish to donate a chair to memorialise a loved one within the space of our beloved Cathedral.

Donors are encouraged to give what they can, with donations of £150 or higher + gift aid to dedicate a chair in honour of a loved one, with their name and dates etched in a commemorative display within the Cathedral.

‘BC120,’ an ambitious plan, spearheaded by the newly-formed Belfast Cathedral Foundation, will run from 2024 – 2027 will raise new funding to secure the future viability of the Cathedral for the coming years. The mission of ‘Preserving the past, building for the future’ will underpin the strategy and actions of the Foundation.

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£150 or more

Donate a chair in memoriam

The name and dates of your loved one will be memorialised on a display inside the Cathedral.

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