How is the initial £95,000 target figure arrived at? This sum will pay for the purchase of all the lights and associated cabling and their installation. We then need to raise a further £90,000 to cover all running and maintenance costs for a guaranteed minimum of 15 years. These figures include allowances for contingency, inflation, fundraising costs and a switch-on ceremony.
Why will it cost so much? St Andrews Cathedral is of international importance and deserves the highest standards of care. As described elsewhere on this site, we will be ensuring that the lighting is of the best quality available and that it will be maintained by industry-leading specialists for a guaranteed minimum of 15 years. You can therefore be assured that your donation will be appreciated for many years to come.
What happens after the 15 year period? It is highly likely that the lighting equipment will last considerably longer than 15 years, though this cannot be guaranteed. The trustees of our charity, or their successors, will review the situation well before the end of the 15-year period and decide on the most appropriate course of action.
How long will it be until I see the lights switched on? This is a major fundraising campaign and it is likely to take several months, or perhaps longer, until we have raised all of the money required. The order for the lights will be placed when we are nearing the target, and thereafter the installation should only take a few weeks. We are hopeful that the switch-on will take place sometime in early 2018, but at this stage cannot be more specific about the dates.
How can I be sure my money will be used for this project alone? Our charity will place 100% of your donation into what is known as a 'restricted fund', designated exclusively for this lighting project. The charity's trustees are legally obliged to use restricted funds solely for their stated purpose. Like all charities, St Andrews Partnership is overseen by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, providing an additional level of scrutiny.
What happens if the project does not go ahead?Your donation is completely safe. In the very unlikely event of the project not going ahead - e.g. because insufficient funds have been raised, or planning consents are not awarded - we will contact you (provided you have supplied your name and address when donating) and offer to return 100% of your money from the restricted fund in which it has been held.
Shouldn't Historic Environment Scotland be paying for this? In an ideal world, we perhaps would not have to be running a fundraising campaign, but HES made it clear from the outset that it is unable to contribute financially towards the cost of lighting its properties (this is its Scotland-wide policy). HES is providing practical support and guidance to us, which will be particularly helpful during the lighting installation stage.
Can I make a pledge of support, rather than making my payment now? Yes - if you are able to donate £100 or more, please contact us using the links at the foot of this page. We will send you a pledge form and will then ask for your payment just before the project is implemented.
If you have any other questions, please contact us using the links below.
Click here to read more about the St Andrews Partnership. Registered Charity No SC041684.