The congregation of Spennymoor’s St Paul’s Church have helped construct two sections of the model of Durham Cathedral as part of the project raising funds for the cathedral’s renovation project, Open Treasure.
They were helped in their efforts by St Paul’s rainbows, brownies, guides and young leaders, constructing archways that will form part of the replica’s Nave.
They added their work to the model this weekend. The archways, consisting of 260 bricks, come hand in hand with a donation of £260.
Gillian Britain, who coordinated the build at St Paul’s, said that the group really enjoyed taking part in the build. She said: “It’s been a fantastic opportunity to play our small part in helping to create a replica of this iconic building.
“We have been overwhelmed with the local community’s support for this fundraiser and now we are looking forward to seeing our sections added to the model.”
The project to build Durham Cathedral in Lego is a fundraising initiative with a target of £300,000.
When completed the Lego cathedral will be nearly four metres long, one and a half metres wide, and stand at just under two metres high.
The model will take a total of 300,000 bricks, each one costing a pound donation, that will be added to cathedral’s £1m public appeal for Open Treasure, for which the cathedral ultimately hopes to raise over £10m.
Head of Development at Durham Cathedral Gaye Kirby said: “We are very grateful to members of St Paul’s church, both young and old, for helping us build two sections of Durham Cathedral in Lego bricks.”
Open Treasure is a major development project which hopes to transform the experience of visiting the cathedral, opening previously closed areas and engaging more with visitors.
The first phase of the plan, the construction of a new cathedral shop, met great success since it was opened in November last year with sales topping those of the previous year by about 60%.
The cathedral recently applied for £3.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and received a first round pass, meaning the HLF will welcome a detailed second application.
Other grants have also been awarded for the project by a wide range of organisations, including Allchurches Trust, the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, and The Friends of Durham Cathedral.
Sponsors of the Lego build include Hargreaves Services, Patrick Parsons and Hotspur Property Services.