From Professor Brian Thorne
Sir, — The recent insightful and challenging article by Veronica Zundel about Julian of Norwich (Faith, 25 January) encourages me to draw attention again to the current Julian Appeal.
The Julian Centre, next to the church where the anchoress lived, provides hospitality, books, and information for the hundreds of pilgrims from around the world who visit each year. The Centre is entirely reliant on donations for its upkeep and staffing, and in September 2006 the Trustees of the Friends of Julian launched an appeal for £100,000 to ensure the continuation of this increasingly vital work.
The appeal’s patrons are local church leaders of several denominations, together with the author Susan Howatch and the actor Patricia Routledge.
The sum will enable us to take the work of the Centre forward through a thorough refurbishment of the building and the appointment of a Learning Project Officer to work with visiting groups and local schools and colleges. We have been blessed with donations totalling some £70,000 so far from individual supporters and various charities.
Any help with achieving the remainder by Easter 2008 — probably the most difficult part — will be most welcome. Contributions, made payable to “The Julian Appeal”, may be sent to The Julian Centre, St Julian’s Alley, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1QT; or visit www.friendsofjulian.org.uk.
Chairman, Trustees of the Friends of Julian of Norwich
14 Salter Avenue
Norwich NR4 7LX