200,000th donor delights in placing mile-marker brick

20/01/2016

Durham Cathedral in LEGO is now two-thirds complete with only 100,000 bricks to go, after the 200,000th brick was added to the model earlier today.

The 200,000th brick was added to the LEGO model by Chang Soo Lee, a South Korean student from Seoul National University of Science and Technology. Chang Soo consequently received a surprise visit from the Acting Dean of Durham, Canon David Kennedy, who awarded Chang Soo with a medal made from LEGO bricks to celebrate the momentous occasion. 

Chang Soo was visiting Durham Cathedral with fellow classmates as part of an International Collaborative Ventures scheme organised by Northumbria University. After laying the 200,000th brick, Chang Soo said ‘I was really surprised to discover that I had added the 200,000th brick to this incredible LEGO structure. I think the LEGO Cathedral is awesome, and it is great to be involved in such a great project. I can’t wait to see the finished model!’

Durham Cathedral’s Head of Development, Gaye Kirby said: 'The LEGO Cathedral model has been a huge attraction for so many people both visiting the Cathedral and those who have contributed to the project by donating online. With only 100,000 bricks left to build, we invite everyone to help us to complete the model and celebrate the opening of the Cathedral’s new exhibition spaces later this year'.

Durham Cathedral in LEGO began in July 2013 as a fundraising appeal for Open Treasure, a multi-million pound development project set to open later this year which is transforming public access to some of the Cathedral’s most spectacular spaces. The 200,000 brick milestone represents two thirds of the total number of bricks needed to complete Durham Cathedral in LEGO, which will include over 300,000 bricks once complete.

For every £1 donated, one LEGO brick is added to the model. All donations will go towards Open Treasure, a project which will transform public access to some of the Cathedral’s most spectacular spaces and to the breathtaking collections that it has acquired over the centuries.

You can support the project by visiting the Cathedral and placing bricks on the model in person or donating online at www.justgiving.com/durhamcathedral

For more information about Open Treasure please visit www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/open-treasure