A Fund in Perpetuity
The Foundation of St Edmund is building an endowment fund in perpetuity to support the mission and ministry of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. The income from the capital will be given to the Cathedral Chapter as the Governing Body. The Chapter will use the income in clearly identifiable and distinct ways to enable the Cathedral to thrive and flourish by extending its work in Suffolk and beyond.
With the Millennium Tower in place, and major repair works recently carried out, the Cathedral is an indisputable icon of Suffolk. The Cathedral remains, for the County and community, the natural gathering centre, where major anniversaries can be commemorated and national events celebrated. In times of tragedy or misfortune, too, the Cathedral, can respond sensitively and act as a focal point. The Cathedral and its ministry, guided by the Bishop, can now reach out to all parts of Suffolk and its peoples. The Foundation’s role is to provide the financing to enable the Cathedral to fulfil a greater role, with others, in meeting the needs of the county. The Foundation is able to support the Cathedral and its service to the wider community thanks to the generosity of individuals who feel passionate about the cultural, spiritual and community life of our county and our country.
A Gift in Perpetuity
In recent years gifts have supported the Cathedral in becoming the Suffolk icon that it is today. Your gift to the Foundation of St Edmund will support the Cathedral in perpetuity, ensuring that future generations benefit from the Cathedral and its work.
The Foundation is an independent charity with its own Constitution and Board of Trustees. Trustees drawn from across Suffolk. There is a close working relationship between the Foundation and the Cathedral Chapter: the Dean is the President of the Foundation and two Foundation Trustees are members of the Cathedral Chapter.
Since its launch in 2015, through the generous support of donors, the Foundation has funded the opening of the Cathedral Tower to public tours and is funding the Cathedral's music outreach initiative InHarmony. These projects were selected by the Trustees.
Tower Tours allow people to enjoy the glorious views of Bury St Edmunds from a unique vantage point. The tours also generate income for the Cathedral.
The InHarmony Project is helping hundreds of churches across Suffolk to develop the musical life of their worship and communities. The Foundation’s financial commitment is for 5 years until the end of 2020.
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