Case Studies


Gifts in Wills make such a significant difference to our work. Large or small, all these gifts combine to help us do a number of crucial things which otherwise would not happen.

Here are just a few examples of the ways in which people have chosen to remember Durham Cathedral.

Flower Garden | Valeria Maitland
During her lifetime, Valeria was an enthusiastic member of the Cathedral Community as a volunteer and flower arranger. Valeria chose to leave a gift to the Cathedral in her Will to help ensure that others can experience and enjoy the tranquillity and calm the Cathedral offers to visitors and pilgrims alike. Her legacy has helped the Cathedral to continue to produce and cultivate flowers to adorn the Cathedral she loved so much.

Choral Music | Michael and Elizabeth Boyd
Michael and Elizabeth were loyal supporters of music at Durham Cathedral, donating the beautiful grand piano inside the church which is still used for recitals, concerts and services throughout the year. Both in life and in death they have helped to support the continuation of the Cathedral’s choral tradition. Legacy gifts, like this one, help to keep music at the heart of daily worship at the Cathedral and provide unique opportunities for talented young people to sing and receive the very best musical education.

Conservation | Gillian Percy
Throughout her life Gillian enjoyed visiting the Cathedral, and her gift was given specifically to support the ongoing conservation and care of her favourite building. Gillian’s family joined us for an afternoon to find out more about the Cathedral’s major works programme and the craftsmanship of its stonemasons and joiners, who are dedicated to the continual care of this iconic building. The demands of maintaining the Cathedral and precinct are a huge undertaking and rely on the generosity of our supporters.

Specific Projects | Monica Hayton
Having worshipped at the Cathedral and supported it during her lifetime, Monica chose to leave a generous bequest to support the development of Open Treasure; the Cathedral’s museum and exhibition experience. Through remembering the Cathedral in her Will, Monica’s legacy is now enabling us to share the Cathedral’s heritage, collections and cultural life with visitors of all ages.

In Memoriam | Yvonne Harvey
Yvonne loved spending time in and around the Cathedral, whether it was taking part in a service, or simply enjoying a moment of calm now and again.  When Yvonne died, her husband Paul made a donation to celebrate and honour the many memories they shared here together.  His gift is helping to continue the life and mission of the place which meant so much to Yvonne. There are many ways to remember someone special, and each one is unique.