£2m line crossed
Holy Trinity’s Development Campaign has crossed the £2 million in donations given and money pledged.
At the November launch, the fund stood at £1.5 million, a number of generous donations has taken the total to nearly half of the £4.5 million that will be needed to reorder and restore Hull’s historic Grade 1 listed church.
“This is an important landmark,” said Management Group Chairman John Robinson.“It’s a real encouragement, and will spur us on to raise the rest of the funds.”
The £2 million mark was passed in style, with a superb donation of £130,000 from a former East Yorkshire man, now resident in London. Although he has moved away, the anonymous donor still cares deeply about Hull, and had no hesitation in supporting the campaign.
However, the fund total is made up of both six-figure donations like this one, and gifts of tens or hundreds of pounds each. They all matter, because when added together they will enable us to transform Holy Trinity, opening it up for concerts, exhibitions, banquets and events. Every gift takes us closer to welcoming our local community, tourists and school groups into Hull’s most spectacular building.
“We need everyone to do their very best for us,” affirmed Management Group member Nick Hildyard. “I know this anonymous donor personally, and I am absolutely delighted. For some people that will be six figure gifts, for some it will be tens of pounds. It all adds up, every gift matters.”
One elderly member of the Holy Trinity congregation, a pensioner aged over 80, has twice saved up £300 from her pension, and handed it to the vicar, Neal
Barnes on a Sunday morning. “Contributions like that are humbling,” said Neal.“They show just how much people care.
We have asked that people do the very best they can. We desperately need the hundreds of thousands of pounds, but the person who saves up from her pension is every bit as important.”