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The Bar Convent receives no public funding. All monies raised by this campaign will support the project and the work of The Bar Convent, which is a registered educational charity
(No 294320).

Making It Happen
The Hon. Olga Polizzi with Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor at a fundraising reception she kindly hosted.

The Bar Convent Trustees are committed to improve facilities for visitors and revitalise
the telling of the stories of Mary Ward, and The Bar Convent, to a wider audience.
An initial phase of fundraising took place 2009-2011 around the Jubilee 400 celebrations.

Living Heritage Project
Sr Frances Orchard with Helen Jones MP, and Gordon Horsfield at the Palace of Westminster reception in support of the Living Heritage Project

Fundraising Update:  April 2015

Since the current phase of the Living Heritage Project fundraising campaign was launched in October 2013, we have raised nearly £920,000 of new donations from trusts and foundations, organisations and individuals.  When added to funds raised in the earlier phase of fundraising, we have generated over £1.18m to date: well over half way to our £2m target. 

James Foster
James Foster, General Manager of the Bar Convent, raising funds by cycling Coast to Coast

We are hugely grateful for the support and interest shown by so many people and organisations across the UK and around the world, and although there remains a way to go, we are hugely encouraged by support to date.

Work starts on site in early April 2015, with the new facilities opening in Autumn 2015.  
Over the coming half year we are building on the momentum of  the fundraising campaign, with further events and relationship-building activities and events; continued development of the website and regular enewsletters which goes to over 1,000 contacts; together with social media activity and promotional campaigns, all to raise awareness and support for the Project.  We are continuing to submit applications to other trusts and foundations. 

Fundraising Activities

Fundraising events, dinners, receptions, sponsored walks, and individual efforts are all helping to raise funds for the Living Heritage Project.

'A calm refuge in an aggressive world'
(Visitor, July 2013)

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Fundraising Update: £1.7m raised to date
26th June 2015
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Work Starts Onsite
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