Truro Cathedral has received a grant of £232,300 from the Government’s latest round of the Culture Recovery Fund, to help the organisation recover from the impact of the Covid pandemic.

Truro Cathedral is an active Anglican church built by the people of Cornwall and hosts a diverse and inspiring programme of events activities.

These include worship, between 25 and 30 regular weekly services, plus civic and special services reflecting the life of the duchy.

Events include concerts, conferences, exhibitions, graduations, and school visits.

The choir upholds a choral tradition almost unique to the British Isles, and the cathedral was the original home of the world famous Nine Lessons and Carols service.

The Gothic Revival building houses some of the finest Victorian stained-glass windows in the world, and those who cannot visit in person can still join in cathedral activities online.

Th cathedral says the award will help sustain it as it faces stiff financial challenges from the Covid pandemic.

This award will contribute to the £1.07m cost of keeping the cathedral open this year.

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The funding will also safeguard roles at the cathedral, ensuring that the care and upkeep of this iconic building is maintained and enable the cathedral team to develop and deliver a new and diverse programme of events and activities for 2022.

Sean O’Neill, Chief Operating Officer, Truro Cathedral, said: "The news of receiving an award quite literally made us jump for joy when we saw it!

"It gives us an opportunity to draw breath after months of seeking support wherever it could be found and to start proactively getting back on track again.

"This support makes the world of difference and couldn’t have come at a better time."

Almost £1 million in emergency grants will be awarded to 12 Heritage organisations struggling to survive, providing them with a financial lifeline.

A total of £138 million has been awarded to heritage organisations from the three rounds of the government’s £2 billion Culture Recovery Fund support package made available for arts, culture and heritage organisations during the pandemic.

This third round of grants are part of the additional £300 million announced by the Chancellor at March’s Budget.

Heritage Minister Nigel Huddleston said: "I'm delighted that this vital funding from our unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund is giving so many brilliant heritage organisations a helping hand this winter.

"I want everyone to enjoy what our fascinating and diverse heritage has to offer and with this money we're safeguarding these organisations for generations to come."