The Canon Wray Sock Appeal is back!

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  • 23 December 2023
The Canon Wray Sock Appeal is back!

Drop off any new socks, scarves and hats at Manchester Cathedral and we’ll donate them to the Booth Centre as they support those who find themselves homeless at the turn of the New Year.

Our annual Sock Appeal is inspired by Canon Cecil Wray, a very popular, if slightly eccentric, priest who died in 1866 after serving in this church for 56 years.

He was a contemporary of Joshua Brookes and a rival to the claim of being the most prolific baptiser and ‘marrier’ in English history. Records show that he presided over 33,211 christenings 13,196 marriages and 9996 funerals as a result of the massive growth in population during the Industrial Revolution.

Canon Wray decided each year on his birthday, 21 January, he would collect and donate socks to the poor and needy. And it’s a legacy we are passionate to continue. 

From now up until the 21 January, please drop any new or surplus socks received over Christmas, hats, scarves and gloves into the special collection box in Manchester Cathedral.