Firm pays £1,000 to build Lego model of Durham Cathedral font

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Durham Cathedral’s Lego build has received a generous donation of £1,000 from a company who asked for their money to pay for a very specific section of the model.

Mustard Research, a market research agency based in Manchester, are the most recent company to build a large section of the model and their managing director, Colin Auton, explained why there was only one section of the model for them

“The surname of our chairman is Font, so when we decided to get involved with the appeal we just had to offer to build, you guessed it, the font! he said. “But joking apart, did you know Durham was once famed for its mustard? Yet another reason to lend a hand.”

The company has also had a long association with the North East – working with clients in the region as well as employing graduates from both Durham and Newcastle Universities.

Colin added: “When we heard about the Open Treasure project at Durham Cathedral we just had to give it our support.

“Our business is about making a difference by delivering insight – perfectly aligned with the goals of Open Treasure; and the Lego cathedral was an inspired idea.”

The unusual fundraising appeal is set to raise £350,000 in support of Durham Cathedral’s Open Treasure project, the current phase of which is a £10million programme of works, set to transform some of the Cathedral’s most historic buildings into world-class exhibition spaces.

A newly-created exhibition route will start in the Monks’ Dormitory and finish in the Great Kitchen, where the treasures of St Cuthbert will be displayed, alongside other culturally significant items from the Cathedral collections and exhibits on loan from notable institutions.

To complement the new exhibitions, the cathedral is delivering a programme of events and activities designed to engage people of all ages with its heritage and life today. Open Treasure has received £3.9million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Head of development at Durham Cathedral, Gaye Kirby, said: “We are extremely grateful to Mustard Research for its donation towards Durham Cathedral in Lego.

“There have been lots of quirky reasons behind why people choose to sponsor a brick or a section from marking special birthdays, to local military connections but so far we’ve not had anyone who has chosen a section based on a surname. It’s lovely that people are engaging with the appeal not just in a philanthropic way but also as a way of creating a talking point among colleagues and for a bit of fun too.

“Perhaps we’ll have more offers from people called Pew, Bell or even Gardener!”

To find out more about Durham Cathedral in Lego, visit www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/donate