St Paul’s Cathedral announced today that they have reached their £40 million target to fund the cleaning and restoration of the Cathedral.
The money has been raised purely through donations and without any support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Businesses from around the world contributed as did charitable trusts, City livery companies and more than 850 individuals.
One donor, who wanted to remain anonymous, gave £10.8million, and six donors each handed over £1 million.
Since the project started, the once-blackened exteriors of Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece have been cleaned and restored.
Cleaning and restoration of the north side of the Cathedral is expected to be complete in 2010.
The Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral said: ‘In today’s turbulent economic conditions, (St Paul’s) provides a place of calm, escape, rest and reflection from the maelstrom of daily City life.’
To mark reaching the target, donors will attend a celebratory Evensong.