Labour of love to create new Norwich Cathedral donation boxes

Norwich Cathedral has three new donation boxes thanks to a school caretaker's labour of love.

Terry Snelling spent seven weeks making the boxes during his summer holidays and they were presented to the cathedral this week.

Alan Kefford, who recently stood down as Chapter Steward at the cathedral, came up with the idea to replace the old and worn donation boxes.

He said: 'The boxes were looking a bit tired and weren't consistent and during the time I was there I felt they needed to be improved.'

Mr Kefford approached the Hewett School, where he is a governor, and senior maintenance technician Mr Snelling accepted the challenge of designing and making the boxes, with Mr Kefford footing the bill for materials as his parting gift to the cathedral.

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Mr Kefford said: 'The real effort and the work that went into it was by Terry. He designed them and made them with toughened glass, brass fittings and arranged the lighting of them.

'It's been a real labour of love and he worked through the summer holidays. They are really quite a work of art and will hopefully enhance the opportunity for giving.'

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The Very Rev Graham Smith, Dean of Norwich, said: 'The cathedral is extra-ordinarily grateful to Terry Snelling. He has put in many hours of work and we are delighted with the beautiful craftsmanship of the boxes.'

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