A FRIENDS organisation has raised more than £90,000 for a fund to help repair and conserve one of the North-East's most-loved buildings.

Members of the Friends of Durham Cathedral have been busy fundraising for the last 12 months through a host of events including fun runs, afternoon tea events, quizzes and walking challenges, collecting a total of £92,332.24.

The Moment in Time appeal was launched last October to raise money for the cathedral's Foundation 2020 campaign, which aims to create an endowment fund for future maintenance and conservation of the building.

Michael Galloway, chairman of the group, said: “We have had an amazing response to the appeal, including support from our international members from Australia, Canada, Japan and Europe too.

"It is great to know that the conservation of Durham Cathedral is important to so many people”.

The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham, said “It is wonderful to know that Friends of Durham Cathedral around the world have chosen to support Foundation 2020 through the Moment in Time Appeal. Being able to share our faith and heritage globally is part of the cathedral’s strategic vision, and appeals like this really help towards this aim.

"We are thankful for the contribution from the Friends, as it will help us to secure this wonderful cathedral for years to come."