Bounce Back Appeal

Bounce Back Appeal

The Cathedral’s Bounce Back Appeal | 2020/21

The present pandemic and the experience of lockdown have been very painful for so many people. In the Cathedral there are candles to light, and a beautiful space in which to pray and ponder for all those who wish to come for individual prayer and reflection. While public services are currently suspended due to the lockdown, the Cathedral continues its extensive online programme of worship, music, reflection, and pastoral support.

During the first lockdown, a special Bounce Back Appeal was made to raise urgently needed funds to support the Cathedral’s continuing work and care of its heritage. Like so many organisations, the Cathedral faces very real financial challenges at this time. In the first lockdown alone, 70,000 people were unable to come to the Cathedral and the financial impact continues to be far reaching. As well as daily prayer and access, we now want to fill the Cathedral with flowers as a tribute to those who have died during the crisis, and in thanksgiving for the dedication of so many front-line workers in Somerset. We must also maintain the Cathedral’s historic buildings, and we need to support young Choristers in their continuing training and education so that we can continue to fill the Cathedral with music and share their singing with the world.

The Appeal continues, and with the Chapter, I thank wholeheartedly those who have been able to support the Appeal so far. Donations have come from so many in our community and beyond, including generous support from the Somerset Freemasons, the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Sanderson Foundation, and the Friends of Wells Cathedral.

It is simply brilliant to be able to report that we have now passed the £100,000 mark, through the generosity of so many, near and far, who value the ministry of Wells Cathedral. The Chapter and I express the warmest possible thanks. The appeal funds have already helped to match funding for the lighting upgrade, and the soon to follow sound system improvements.

Given the continuing pandemic, and the considerable financial pressures, it has been decided to keep the appeal open, with an ambitious future target of £150,000. Key fabric projects, together with a need to sustain the whole organisation, mean that the appeal remains live.

Do please ponder, in these quiet days, how together we can raise funds so that, as society eventually recovers and reopens, the Cathedral can quickly and confidently respond.

Thank you for so much thought and generosity to this point.


Thank you.

John Davies, Dean of Wells


To add your support to the Appeal online click here.


To donate by cheque

Payee: Wells Cathedral
Send to: Development Office, Wells Cathedral Offices, Chain Gate, Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE


To donate by bank transfer

Please use for payment reference:

APPEAL + your name

Payee Name: The Chapter at Wells Cathedral
Account No: 52164330
Sort Code: 60-23-06


To donate regularly by Standing Order

If you would like to support longer term please consider joining the Planned Giving scheme. A regular payment standing order with your bank can be arranged to allow you to donate the same amount each week or month.

Click here to download the Planned Giving leaflet


Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer please consider completing a Gift Aid Declaration – your support can be boosted by 25p for every £1 you donate with Gift Aid, at no further cost to you.

Click here to download a Gift Aid declaration form.


For enquiries

If you have an enquiry or would like further information, please contact:

The Development Office

01749 832 214



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