Raising the roof!

4th August 2014

Dyrham Park is one of the highlights of the Cotswold Way, but it is under threat of a leaking roof in desperate need of repair. In order to help raise funds and ensure this historical landmark remains open for future generations, the manager of the property, Cath Pye, has raised almost £5,000 for the roof appeal with a sponsored run along the National Trail in just a week.

Cath set off from Chipping Campden on Sunday June 15, running up to 19 miles a day alongside an ever-changing team of National Trust staff, volunteers and supporters from across the region – including Heelis in Swindon and the Bristol hub at Leigh Woods, arriving at Bath Abbey on Saturday June 21.

On the penultimate day, Cath, who ran her way through three pairs of trainers, was joined on the National Trust’s Horton Court, Glos. to Dyrham Park leg by a team of 10 walkers – which raised another few hundred pounds for the fundraising pot.

The money raised takes the fundraising total to around £320,000, which is £180,000 shy of the £500,000 target. The entire project to repair the leaking roof on the 17th century mansion house at Dyrham Park is expected to cost around £3.5million. Work is set to start at the end of the year, with the National Trust property remaining open throughout, with a range of new experiences on offer.

Cath says: “Everyone keeps asking me if I’m tired, but I feel great – I was really spurred on by the support I received from everyone, from the staff and volunteers who ran with me, who donated, who brought me water at the top of the big hills and those who donated. It’s been brilliant and I’m thrilled to have been able to do my bit for the fundraising campaign. I’m so proud of the team at Dyrham Park for the fundraising efforts so far – we just need to really focus on getting the last £180,000 now, which is going to be the really hard bit.”

She added: ‘Extra special was the opportunity to spend a week running through such a beautiful landscape. With all the training I’ve got to know the Cotswold Way pretty well, I’ve enjoyed seeing the seasons change and being able to admire the views and countryside and I’d certainly encourage people to get out there and make the most of this fantastic national trail.’

To help Cath reach £5000 and donate to the Dyrham roof appeal visit www.justgiving.com/dyrhamroofrun

Dyrham Park, situated just off the M4 junction 18, is open daily from 10am-5pm, further information – including admission prices and details of other events - available at: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dyrham-park


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