Christmas Keys

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

Please support Peterborough Cathedral this Christmas

The Christmas Keys appeal offers donors a unique opportunity to have their own message written on a decorative red-ribboned key, to be hung on the Christmas tree inside the Cathedral. We can also send your key to you in January, for you to keep.

The Cathedral has continued to be a place of reassurance and hope during this challenging year, in spite of income from visitors and events being reduced dramatically. Since the first lockdown ended, people have come to explore its history, marvel at its architecture, attend worship, pray privately, or simply to enjoy the beauty of its green spaces. The doors have stayed open online too, with live streamed services every Sunday, as well as on special occasions such as VE Day, VJ Day and Remembrance Sunday. 

Lighting and heating the Cathedral alone costs £90,000 a year, and to keep the grounds maintained and in good order costs a further £60,000. There are many other unavoidable costs in making sure the Cathedral is a safe and special place, quite apart from repairs to its Grade 1 listed fabric.

The Cathedral makes no formal charge to enter and receives no regular financial support towards these annual costs from local or central government, nor from the diocese and its churches. It works hard to find grants from all possible sources, including the Church of England, but these only cover part of its outgoings, so the support of individuals and companies remains vital.

Order a key and add your message

We are inviting individuals, families, groups of friends and organisations to help us by joining our Christmas Keys appeal.

Make a donation of £25, £50 or £100 and a red-ribboned key will be placed on the Christmas tree inside the Cathedral for you. You can add a personal message to your key if you wish and we will make sure that this is included.

Click here to order your key

If you would prefer to donate by cheque through the post, please complete and return this form to us: Christmas Keys donation form, or contact Dawn Caplin:


Phone: 01733 355311.

Thank you

Your support is very much appreciated. We will contact you after Christmas to let you know how much the Christmas Keys appeal has raised.


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