Lichfield Cathedral has been named as Charity of the Year for local dealership, Tempest Ford.
The team at Tempest Ford have offered their support for the East End Appeal, which is now in its final phase with just £60,000 left to raise. The appeal will see the re-installation of the Herkenrode Glass in spring 2015, a project costing an estimated £3.7million. The stone work restoration is now complete with the conservation of the 16th century windows from the Lady Chapel now well underway.
The glass originally came from the Abbey of Herkenrode, currently in Belgium, in 1801 having been purchased by Brooke Boothby during the Napoleonic Wars.
Mr Brian Carruthers, Managing Director at Tempest Ford, says: “We are delighted that Lichfield Cathedral will be our chosen charity for 2014. This amazing building is at the heart of our beautiful city and no-one who visits it can come away without being deeply impressed by its towering majesty, inner beauty and calm.
We are keen to help generate funds for the East End Appeal and for the ongoing maintenance of the Cathedral, and over the coming months will endeavour to support the Cathedral management team in any way that we can.”
The Very Rev’d Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield, adds: “We are truly grateful to Brian Carruthers and the team at Tempest Ford. This is a partnership we hope will develop and grow as we move forward, and we look forward to working together in the coming months and years.”
Tempest Ford has decorated the most recent Ford Kuga (pictured) to represent the partnership between the two Lichfield organisations.