The Tale of Bertie The Chichester Cathedral Cat!

illustrated by Chloe Robertson

Chichester Cathedral and Sanctuary in Chichester have joined forces again in efforts to support refugees and asylum seekers locally and to help ensure everybody feels welcome at the Cathedral.

 

Chichester Cathedral and Sanctuary in Chichester have joined forces again in efforts to support refugees and asylum seekers locally and to help ensure everybody feels welcome at the Cathedral.

The digital story ‘Bertie the Cathedral Cat’ is a central feature of the collaboration, which will debut on December 3rd. This animated tale, narrated by The Reverend Canon Simon Holland and illustrated by Chloe Robertson, tells the story of Bertie, a cat who finds his way into the Cathedral and welcomes a family to join the Christmas festivities.. Watch the story here - there is more about Bertie and the adventure  on the Cathedral’s website and social media channels.

Interactive Christmas Trail at the Cathedral

The Cathedral will be hosting a special Christmas Trail to celebrate the story’s release. Visitors can join the fun by searching for Bertie hidden amongst the Cathedral’s treasures and artworks. Successful participants will be rewarded with a festive decoration for their Christmas tree, adding an interactive and engaging element to the experience.

In addition, the Orders of Service will be in multiple languages to help those whose English is not their native language.

Volunteer Support and Community Involvement

Throughout Advent and Christmas, the Cathedral will also be actively encouraging community members to support Sanctuary by volunteering with us or donating. This is very welcome, as with the recent doubling in beneficiaries we will need all the support we can get to maintain and expand our services, such as the weekly drop-ins, English tutoring, the weekly women’s group, Nations United football, help with the asylum process and various other support activities.

Sanctuary in Chichester expresses deep gratitude for Chichester Cathedral’s ongoing support. This partnership helps us to addresses the immediate needs of our beneficiaries as well as plan our future work, and sets the stage for continued collaboration, enhancing our collective impact on the lives of refugees and asylum seekers.

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