Voluntary Sector Support
Since 2012, the High Sheriff of Staffordshire, Johnny Leavesley, has been actively involved in efforts to safeguard Lichfield Cathedral for future generations. The historically significant Staffordshire landmark faces urgent conservation and repair work over the next 10 years, estimated at some £20m.
The High Sheriff was appointed Appeal Committee Chairman for the Cathedral in 2013, a position he continues to hold, and is responsible for the day-to-day work of the fundraising office to meet its ambitious targets.
Lichfield Cathedral has recently celebrated the success of its East End Appeal – a £3.7m project launched in 2008 to restore the East End of the building, the Lady Chapel. This appeal project, which was met exclusively through donations, included the painstaking restoration of the historically-important Herkenrode Glass (medieval painted glass). The project has also seen work completed to the masonry of the south and north quire aisles, replacement of badly eroded external stonework and sensitive repairs to the gargoyles and grotesques.
The High Sheriff remains committed to the Cathedral’s ongoing conservation work and will proactively seek to secure further funds and donations to protect this important part of Staffordshire’s heritage.
If you would like to find out more information about how you can contribute to the Cathedral’s conservation work, visit:
High Sheriff Fund
Launched in 2008, the High Sheriff Fund for Staffordshire is a permanent endowment fund supporting small, local groups, which strive to make a difference to the lives of others at a grass roots level. The Fund distributes grants to needy causes such as youth clubs, parent and toddler groups, social groups, arts groups, residents associations and lunch clubs. Without access to this funding, these groups may not be able to sustain, or continue their vital work, which transforms lives.
During his year of service, the High Sheriff will continue to publicise and promote this cause, encouraging local organisations and community groups to apply for the fund, which awards up to £500 per application.
The High Sheriff Fund is administered by the Staffordshire Community Foundation. For more information visit: