The window began to collapse in January 2023, requiring scaffolding to be erected to hold it in place.
In early July 2023, specialist contractors removed the glass to their workshop for restoration. The
total cost of the restoration is estimated to be more than £100,000.
Watch Fr James McAuley, Dean of the cathedral, as he talks to The Portsmouth News about the restoration
Father McAuley explained: "The total cost of the restoration project
is expected to be more than £100,000, which is far beyond the means of the cathedral parish, situated
in one of the poorest parts of the diocese. The cost of restoration of the image of each saint is
about £5,000, and of each of the 9,700 pieces, the cost is just over £10."
You are invited to donate any amount, perhaps in memory of a loved one, to help with the cost of the
restoration. Cheques may be sent directly to the cathedral or paid into the cathedral parish bank
account (CDP St John’s Cathedral; Sort code 30-93-04; Account number 0088 3884). People may also text
WINDOW to 70560 to donate £10 to the appeal. Texts cost the donation amount plus one standard network
rate message, and donors will receive periodic updates on the campaign. To donate without being updated,
text WINDOWNOINFO instead.
The names of donors will be recorded in a special commemorative book at the Cathedral.