Leave a Lasting Legacy to Durham Cathedral

Durham, like all English cathedrals, does not receive regular statutory support and must rely on its own resources for its daily life, maintenance and development. The costs of running and maintaining its buildings and precincts and ensuring that they are open and accessible to all are substantial. Legacies enable us to go beyond the day-to-day and undertake major works and projects that seek to engage more people with our magnificent building and its heritage whilst preserving the fabric for future generations to enjoy.

Recently Durham Cathedral has establish an Endowment Fund for the future maintenance of the Cathedral's buildings, known as Foundation 2020Foundation 2020 aims to build and endowment of £10 million by 2020 to support the annual cycle of planned maintenance and repair of the Cathedral’s buildings to ensure they are safeguarded for future generations to enjoy. This will mena that the Cathedral will be able to be drawn on an annual basis to ensure the maintencace of the buildings. This one of a number of specific fund where individuals are able to leave thier bequests, as well as unrestricted gifts which will be allocated to where the need is greatest at that time. For more infomration about how legacies have made a real difference please take a moment to read some of our case studies.
In recognition of the difference that legacies make to Durham Cathedral, individuals who leave such gifts are acknowledged in perpetuity in its Liber Vitae (Book of Life) in accordance with their wishes, and celebrated in a special annual service.
If you are considering leaving a gift to Durham Cathedral in your Will we strongly suggest that you seek the advice of an independent solicitor. A solicitor will take all necessary steps to ensure that your Will accurately reflects your wishes, whilst also assisting you in reducing your potential tax liability. A solicitor can assist with making a Will during your lifetime, as well as acting as your executor to ensure that your wishes are carried out exactly as you would want them.
The Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) provides a best practice quality mark for wills and estate administration advice.
For more information about leaving a legacy to Durham Cathedral, including suggested wording, please contact Sophia Stovall, Relationship & Development Manager, The Cathedral Office, The College, Durham, DH1 3EH or by email at sophia.stovall@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 374 4055.
With thanks to Gedye and Sons (Solicitors) Limited www.gedye.co.uk for its assistance in collating this information.