Christmas Key Appeal at Peterborough Cathedral

27th November 2020

Peterborough Cathedral has launched a Christmas appeal inviting people to join in helping to keep the doors open – not just for Christmas but throughout the year.

The Christmas Keys appeal offers donors the opportunity to have their own message written on a decorative red-ribboned key, to be hung on the Christmas tree inside the Cathedral during December.

Peterborough Cathedral, like all our cathedrals, has seen a huge drop in its income during the pandemic. Lighting and heating costs the Cathedral £90,000 a year, and to keep the grounds maintained costs a further £60,000 -plus ongoing costs for maintenance and repairs and making it safe and Covid-secure.

The Cathedral makes no formal charge to enter and receives no regular financial support from the Government or the Church of England and relies on grants and legacies and regular giving.

The Dean of Peterborough, the Very Revd Christopher Dalliston said:

“Since the first lockdown ended, people have come here to explore its history, marvel at its architecture, attend worship, pray privately, or simply to enjoy the beauty of its green spaces.“We have kept our doors open online too, with live streamed services every Sunday, as well as on special occasions such as VE Day, VJ Day and Remembrance Sunday.

“We know that this is an uncertain time, but if you and your family, friends or colleagues are able to club together and support our Christmas Keys appeal you would be making a huge difference. You will be helping this Cathedral to remain a place of welcome, unlocked and accessible for everyone at the heart of the city.

Find out more and how to order your key online here.

Or email or call 01733 355311.