BRADFORD Cathedral is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to receive a lifesaving financial boost from the government thanks to the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.

The 445 organisations will share £103 million to help restart reconstruction work and maintenance on cherished heritage sites, keeping venues open and supporting those working in the sector.

Ulrike Knox, Bradford Cathedral’s architect said: “The cathedral has been allocated £144,409 in order to take care of some essential capital work on the building. This includes upgrading the fire detection system, removal of asbestos and repairs to floors, roof and stonework.”

The Very Revd Jerry Lepine, Dean of Bradford, said: “We look forward to the completion of this work and to celebrating what it will give to the cathedral.”