Glastonbury Abbey Recovery Appeal
We are delighted to be welcoming people back to Glastonbury Abbey. Having to close the doors was heart wrenching for all of us who work here and for all those who we know rely on it as a place of solace and well-being. We know how important the site is to so many people, not just as a place of international historic and spiritual importance, but as a place of tranquillity and solitude, as well as a place to get close to nature and breathe fresh air.
During these unprecedented times having a space such as the abbey grounds has never been so important. Within its 36 acres people are able to enjoy the open space while, importantly, feeling safe with the ability to socially distance effectively.
Throughout its history Glastonbury Abbey has faced many different crises and we know with your help that we will weather this one. As restrictions lift, we also know more people will come back. We know that families will play in the grounds. Groups will be able to hold picnics. Visitors will study the rich history of the ruins and relax among the trees and wildlife areas. For now though, we urgently need your support.
The lockdown has had a significant impact on the abbey’s finances. As an independent charity it is reliant on visitors for approximately 95% of its income. This has been severely impacted, not only from having to close the doors in March, but even before then from the loss of international tour groups as the virus took hold. With tourism likely to be affected into next year, we have to consider both the hundreds of thousands of pounds of revenue lost so far, and the income we will lose as the situation continues. We are working hard to minimise costs and find alternative funding and we need your help.
It costs approximately £3,000 per day to keep Glastonbury Abbey maintained, conserved, and running. We know how difficult this period is for everyone, but we do ask that, if you are able, you make a donation to the upkeep of the abbey. Not just because it is a site of significant historic importance, but more importantly because it is a place of peace and tranquillity for all who need it.
You can donate at www.glastonburyabbey.com/donate
Added: 11th August 2020