Covid-19: Salisbury Cathedral doing their bit to help community

Covid-19: Salisbury Cathedral doing their bit to help community

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:30am 23rd May 2020.

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From raising money for charity, to foodbank collections and furloughed staff making PPE, it's still busy at the Cathedral despite the building being closed.

Salisbury Cathedral hasn't been able to welcome the public in since before lockdown started, but that isn't stopping their staff and local residents from keeping connected with the city.

They've been holding online services for those who would normally attend the Cathedral regularly, as well as hosting prayer sessions through Zoom calls.

Salisbury Cathedral Canon Treasurer Robert Titley May 2020
Canon Treasurer Robert Titley has been taking to Zoom to help keep in touch with the Salisbury Cathedral community in recent weeks

Ministers from Salisbury Cathedral have also been phoning and emailing members of the congregation to check they're OK in these uncertain times.


The Cathedral's also been doing what it can to support other local causes during the crisis too.

A gazebo's been set up in the Cathedral Close to take in donations for a couple of projects in Salisbury.

Salisbury Cathedral Foodbank Donation Tent May 2020
A donation tent's been set up in the Cathedral Close for local people wanting to help

Local residents, staff and families associated with the Cathedral School have been supporting the city's Foodbank, as they've seen an increase in demand while the coronavirus outbreak is hitting hard.

So far, more than 53 kilograms of non-perishable food items and toiletries have been handed over to the Trussell Trust, with more being collected. 

Salisbury Cathedral Foodbank Collection May 2020
Non-contact donations have been introduced in the Cathedral Close so the community can do their bit for others at this time

At least 17 scrub bags has also been made by local residents to be given to the Stars Appeal for staff at Salisbury District Hospital.

They can be used for key workers to put their uniforms into to be brought home for washing, separately to other clothing for infection control.

Stonemasons and glaziers from Salisbury Cathedral who have been furloughed for the time being are also putting their hands-on skills to good use at this time.

Lee Andrews has been using his 3D printer at home to make component parts for face visors for frontline staff.

Salisbury Cathedral Face Visor parts May 2020
Cathedral stonemason Lee Andrews has made these face visor kits to support key workers

Carol Pike has also been making face coverings for those that need them during this time.


Last week (May 10th to 16th) was Christian Aid Week across the UK, which would normally involve street, door to door and retiring collections at services to raise money for the charity.

The current situation means that can't happen, but Salisbury Cathedral, the nearby school, Close residents and members of the Cathedral congregation managed to raise more than £1,600 for the cause.

An additional £2,000 has been raised by Pete Atkinson - the chaplain to Salisbury Cathedral School - and his wife Lydia. 

They've climbed the equivalent height of Mount Everest by going up and down their stairs at home.

The couple covered more than 8,800 metres across the week.

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