English Heritage has received its largest ever single donation, to be used for a new footbridge.
Some £2.5m was donated to the charity by grant-maker, the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust to build a new footbridge at the heritage site, Tintagel Castle in Cornwall.
The donation comes as part of a fundraising campaign for the castle, which saw 1,000 members of the public donate £5,000, and will be used as part of a £5m programme of works by the charity to improve other footpaths around the site.
The Cornish castle receives 250,000 visitors every year. The footbridge will increase access to the castle, ease congestion and help to preserve it. Work on the bridge began in October 2018. It will conclude this summer.
Sir Tim Laurence, chair of English Heritage, said: “Thanks to Julia and Hans Rausing’s generosity, people will be better able to understand and enjoy Tintagel Castle. It is an inspiring gift for an inspiring site and we are extremely grateful to them. As a charity, it is only with the support of our visitors, members and donors that we can ensure our historic landmarks continue to provide a fascinating and exciting experience to all-comers.”
Julia and Hans Rausing said: “It is a pleasure to support English Heritage and Tintagel Castle. The new footbridge is a great feat of design, fitting into the landscape, and providing new views of the site’s architecture, whilst improving access for many visitors.”
English Heritage became a charity in April 2015 when the government split the public body into two parts.