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Anonymous benefactor donates £1.5 million to Bath Abbey

An anonymous benefactor has donated £1.5 million to Bath Abbey, the largest amount ever received by the Abbey from a private individual.

The seven figure sum will go towards the Footprint project fundraising campaign to carry out essential repairs on the building.

An anonymous benefactor has donated £1.5 million to Bath Abbey Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/PA

The donor, who wants to remain anonymous, says the main reason behind the donation was he was:

Much impressed by the care and the consultation with has been put in by the Abbey, which is such a vital part of Bath's future.

This generation has a solemn duty to ensure the Abbey is fit and able to carry out its service to the city and the community for the next hundred years.

– Anonymous donor
The money will help carry out essential repairs to stabilise the Abbey's collapsing floor Credit: Geoff Kirby/PA

The £19.3 million Footprint project will carry out essential repairs to stabilise the Abbey's collapsing floor and introduce an innovative eco-friendly underfloor heating system using Bath's famous hot springs as a source of energy.

The programme will also create additional space and improved facilities, as well as develop new ways of sharing the Abbey's stories.

We are very grateful for this amazingly generous gift from one remarkable individual.

It came in an ordinary-looking envelope, without pomp or fanfare, but the contents were just astounding.

It clearly demonstrates the strength of feeling that the Abbey and its ministry inspires in people.

– Laura Brown, Footprint appeal director,

The Abbey's Footprint project received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund in May last year.


VIDEO: Brian Roper's coffin leaves Bath Abbey

Hundreds of friends, relatives and admirers came together for the funeral today of Bath philanthropist Brian Roper.

We have filmed the moment his coffin left Bath Abbey for the last time, accompanied by the Rector, Edward Mason.

You can see from those watching the respect they held for the 75-year-old former businessman. Mr Roper died earlier this month from cancer, shortly after being made a Freeman of the City of Bath.

There is no sound on this clip, just pictures.

Hundreds of people gather in Bath for the funeral of Brian Roper

Brian Roper was made an MBE by the Prince of Wales Credit: Johnny Green/PA Archive

Hundreds of people are attending the funeral of city businessman Brian Roper at Bath Abbey.

Mr Roper, founder of bathroom firm Roper Rhodes, died earlier this month at the age of 75.

During his lifetime he donated more than £6 million to Bath and was made a Freeman of the city shortly before his death.

Bath Abbey's "Light and Sound Day"

More than 500 people are expected to visit Bath Abbey to take part in the 'Light and Sound' day. It's part of a £29,000 project to tell the story of the Abbey's restoration and maintenance since 1942.

Visitors will have the chance to go behind-the-scenes in areas not normally open to the public.

Visitors will have the chance to go behind-the-scenes in areas not normally open to the public today. Credit: ITV News West Country


National Churches Trust grant £10,000 to local meeting places

Two meeting places in the region have been given thousands of pounds in grants to help make them more attractive to people to use as community hubs.

The National Churches Trust have given £10,000 to both Bath Quaker Meeting House and St Mary Church in Chard. The money will be used for roof repairs, and changing the community facilities at the Bath Grade 2 listed building near Bath Abbey.