Lichfield Cathedral unveils 'grotesque' fundraising idea

Image caption After major restoration, the cathedral's East End now has a collection of new gargoyles

Fundraisers hoping to pay for repairs to Lichfield Cathedral have unveiled a "grotesque" way of raising cash.

Instead of sponsoring a friend or an animal, schools in Staffordshire and Shropshire can adopt a gargoyle.

The project aims to raise around £40,000 for the cathedral's East End Appeal.

It has undergone a major programme of essential repairs to its stonework and conservation of its 16th Century painted glass.

The Dean of Lichfield, the Very Reverend Adrian Dorber, said: "We've got a wonderful new set of 21st Century gargoyles carved in a medieval manner.

"As many children like to be both engaged and terrified, we thought this would be a really good bit of history and heritage for them to understand."

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