We're very pleased to start the new year by announcing news of the first two Founding Benefactors in our '15 Appeal'.
In order to take on the retreat house and secure its future, we need to raise much more than the proceeds of our programme can provide, and to this end we are running our 15 Appeal. This is inspired by the story of the opening of the original retreat house in 1925, which was made possible by the donations of fifteen benefactors. You can find out more on our Appeal pages.
As part of the Appeal we are seeking fifteen Founding Benefactors for today. We are delighted to start the new year with news of our first two Founding Benefactors: one The Society of Retreat Conductors, and one a donor who has asked not to be named at this stage. These have provided a fantastic start to this part of our fundraising, and we are tremendously grateful.
The Society of Retreat Conductors was established in 1924, just a year before the retreat house in Chester originally opened – at a time when retreat was becoming more and more popular in this country and amongst ‘ordinary’ people. Now a nation-wide ecumenical body of experienced retreat givers with an Ignatian ethos, their work promotes the practice of retreat, and includes financial assistance. With a common emphasis on retreat and providing ways for people to find God in ordinary living, and an ecumenical character, we are very pleased to have the support of SRC. You can find out more on their website thesrc.org.uk.
Our second Founding Benefactor, too, is hopeful for the seeds that are being sown as we work towards this vision of retreat and the ways in which it can reach people today. Also from the world of retreats and spirituality, we are greatly encouraged by their support.
Founding Benefactors are individuals, groups, businesses or trusts who choose to make a founding donation of £5000 or more. Our hope is that sharing the foundation in this way will reflect the shared vision and enterprise that are so important to Retreat House Chester, and the belief that we have much to offer many people, and a diverse range of people. There is further information on our Appeal pages, and if you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Founding Benefactor, please write to us (not email) at our postal address.