A £20,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant will help fund the installation of four toilets and a refreshment area at Doncaster Minster, a Grade I listed church, helping it to better serve its community. The Minster is currently on the Historic England At Risk Register.
Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, Vice President of The National Churches Trust, said: “The UK's historic churches and chapels are a vital part of our national heritage and have done so much to help local people during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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"But to survive, many need to carry out urgent repairs and install modern facilities. The cost of this work is far beyond what most congregations can pay for themselves.
“So, I’m delighted that Doncaster Minster is being helped with a £20,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant.
"The grant is an early Christmas present for the historic church and will help secure the future of this magnificent building and help remove it from the Historic England At Risk Register.”
Canon David Stevens, Vicar of the Minster said: “We are pleased to be the recipient of this Cornerstone Grant from the National Churches Trust which will enable us to install these basic, but necessary, facilities for the people who use the Minster in so many different ways.
"The grant will help us achieve our target of installation of these new facilities early in 2021.”
A total of 45 churches and chapels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will benefit from the latest grants from the National Churches Trust, the charity supporting church buildings of all Christian denominations across the UK.
Grants will be available in 2021 to projects at churches, chapels and meeting houses and applications can be made by Christian places of worship in the UK that are open for regular worship.
From repairing a roof to helping to install an accessible toilet - and many other projects - the National Churches Trust’s grants help keep churches open for worship and community activities and allow them to continue to serve local people and communities.