Angel of Wakefield Cathedral takes letter to Number 10
Seven year old Sophie Clucas has a dream: she wants to get married in Wakefield Cathedral just like her mum, her grandma, her great grandma and her great aunt.
Now the schoolgirl has written a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron and on Monday (May 14) Sophie, her mum Clair and her grandma, Joy together handed in the letter asking him to reverse the Budget’s proposed 20 per cent VAT on listed buildings alterations for everyone.
Sophie, a pupil at Horbury St Peter’s and Clifton School, said: “We have been saving lots of money to make our Cathedral better and now we don’t have enough to finish the work. It is making us all really sad.
“I go to the Cathedral every Sunday and I am a server there too. I enjoy going because I get to learn about Jesus and everyone is kind to me.
“I hope Mr Cameron will listen to us and help us out of this mess,” she said.
The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Revd Jonathan Greener said he was touched by Sophie’s letter.
He said: “This came totally out of the blue and I must admit to be enormously touched by it. It is wonderful that little Sophie recognises how precious the Cathedral is, not just for her own family and the part it has played in all their lives over the years, but for the people of Wakefield and beyond.
“I truly hope Sophie’s letter will help see others see sense on this issue,” he added.
Sophie and her family met with the MP for Wakefield, Mary Creagh.
Mary said “On Monday we will be standing up for Wakefield in Parliament against the Government’s short-sightedness. I’m looking forward to welcoming Sophie and her family and helping them take their protest straight to the Prime Minister. Over 10,500 people have backed the Cathedral’s petition and I hope David Cameron will take notice and change course so the vital renovation work can continue.”
Sophie went to the House of Commons and met with Stephen Platten, Bishop of Wakefield on the terrace.
She also gave interviews to the BBC and ITV.
Sign the petition to stop the VAT on listed buildings at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/32056