It’s an iconic building in the city but now an appeal’s been launched to make sure Peterborough Cathedral can remain open.
Imagine your lighting and fuel bill topping £90,000! That’s the sort of figure that has to be raised to keep this historic building operating for us all to enjoy.
It costs thousands to maintain every year but it’s hoped a new fundraising idea will be the key to successfully raising much needed funds after many of its special events were cancelled or postponed. That included the exciting T.rex dinosaur exhibition which would have attracted thousands, being moved to 2021.
The Christmas Keys appeal has now been launched giving us a unique opportunity to have our own message written on a decorative red-ribboned key, to be hung on the Christmas tree inside the Cathedral.
It’s hoped it will raise much need funds and The Very Revd Chris Dalliston, Dean of Peterborough, said:
“Like many charities and businesses we have experienced a drastic fall in our income this year. The government’s furlough scheme and one-off grants from other sources have helped to reduce the impact of this, but the reality is that we still need donations if we are to continue to be open for all who come.
“For many this is an uncertain and difficult time financially, 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.”
Many of the planned events may not have happened but the Cathedral has continued to be a place of reassurance and hope during a really tough year. Since the first lockdown ended, people have visited to explore its history and architecture as well as 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.
There are many other unavoidable costs in making sure the Cathedral is a safe and special place – just keeping the grounds maintained costs £60,000 – all in addition to repairs to its Grade 1 listed fabric.
Why keys? Well they’re the symbol of St Peter, the patron saint of the city and its cathedral.
Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the Christmas Gift and Craft Market on December 4 and 5.