Cathedral to get fund raising help from High Sheriff

Published on: Thu, 20/06/2019 - 14:46

Lichfield Cathedral has been given a welcome boost to its fundraising efforts from Staffordshire’s new High Sheriff, Ashley Brough.

The Office of High Sheriff is the oldest continuous secular office under the Crown, dating back over 1,000 years. Mr Brough who was recently appointed to the ceremonial post has chosen the Cathedral as one of the charities for his year in office.

His fundraising was kicked off with a special garden party at his home in Uttoxeter last weekend for around 200 guests. The money raised will support the work of the Cathedral which doesn’t charge for entry and relies on charitable donations to remain open.

Mr Brough has chosen to support two charities during his year in office, Lichfield Cathedral and Macmillan Cancer Support.

He said: “Cancer touches us all and when my nephew was 5 years old, he was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer. He was treated with pioneering drugs, which twenty years ago were still in trials, but today they are widely used. Thankfully he remains in remission and is well.

“Lichfield Cathedral is a jewel in Staffordshire’s crown, which must be preserved for future generations. It has been a place of worship and pilgrimage for over 1000 years, and today remains an iconic building open to all. Both charities do vital work here in Staffordshire and I am looking forward to supporting them over the next year.”