Peterborough Cathedral fundraisers made redundant after helping to raise £8 million

Rachael Church and James Dyer

Rachael Church and James Dyer

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Peterborough Cathedral has announced that its two fundraisers for the Peterborough 900 Campaign, James Dyer and Rachael Church, have taken voluntary redundancy.

The pair, who started in their posts in 2010 and 2013 respectively, have been instrumental in helping to raise the £8 million achieved for the Campaign so far in grants, donations and pledges, but will be leaving on April 7, 2017.

The campaign is now just short of its £10 million target, but has nonetheless already completed its major capital projects such as the new Cathedral Visitor and Learning Centre, the accessible West Front entrance and the re-pitch of the magnificent Cathedral organ.

For this reason, and in the light of rigorous budget constraints in the coming financial year, the two posts have been made redundant. Income generating activities to raise revenue for the Cathedral will continue in the form of special events and an expansion of projects run by the Cathedral’s Operations team.

“We are most grateful for the excellent work that James and Rachael have done during their time at the Cathedral and we are very sorry to lose them,” said Canon Jonathan Baker, Acting Dean.

“We are committed to setting the Cathedral on firm financial footing in the coming year and this means that difficult choices have to be made. We wish our two talented fundraisers all the very best for their future careers.”

Rachael Church said: “It has been a tremendous privilege working on the Peterborough 900 Campaign, making sure that our wonderful Cathedral remains a welcoming place at the heart of the city. The Campaign is an inspiring project and I would like to thank everyone who has supported us to date.”

James Dyer also sings as a Lay Clerk in the Cathedral Choir, a role he hopes to continue until the end of the academic year.