We welcome gifts of any size to support our work and there are many ways to give. You can donate online, by sending a cheque made payable to ‘Canterbury Cathedral’ to the Fundraising Department; by making a cash donation into one of our collection boxes in the Cathedral Precincts; or at one of our contactless giving devices.
Evening closure of Precincts, Tues 26 – Sat 30 September
Due to the Luxmuralis light show and the need to manage large queues, public entry to the Precincts after 17:30 will only be possible for Luxmuralis ticket holders or those attending Choral Evensong.
Planning your visit? Remember to check our upcoming closures.
Your pipe sponsorship:
- £50 - Pipes starting at 2ft often sound like flutes and piccolos
- £100 - Pipes starting at 4ft produce clear, bright sounds
- £500 - Pipes starting at 8ft lend a range of tone and colour
- £1000 - Ranks starting at 16ft provide the quintessential organ sound
- £10,000 - Ranks starting at 32ft pipes are the bedrock of the organ's power
We honour your generosity with:
- A certificate signed by The Dean of Canterbury
- Recognition in a dedicated, digital, book of donors inside the Cathedral
- An invitation to the next Organ concert or event
The Cathedral’s organ sits at the heart of our music, supporting and inspiring all who sing, worship and journey here.
A comprehensive organ restoration was completed in 2020, including a new, relocated console with four manuals and 89 stops (ranks of pipes) giving voice to over 6,000 pipes which allow a kaleidoscope of sounds to shine through.
To keep this resplendent instrument’s voice singing in tune and full voice we still need your support.
You can dedicate your gift, perhaps in celebration, in memory of a loved one, for a personal love of music or as a group.
Unrestricted gifts are used to help with the running costs of the Cathedral. It costs over £20,000 per day to keep the Cathedral open, and donations supplement our visitor income to help pay for staff, activities and projects, big and small. If you would particularly like to support a certain aspect of our work, that is usually possible – please contact the Fundraising Department for a chat.
We don’t receive funding from the Government or Church of England so have to generate all our funds ourselves. We do this by charging an entrance fee to the Cathedral, by renting out some of the properties we own and through the Cathedral Lodge and Shop. However, this commercial income does not cover all aspects of our work. We therefore need to raise funds through donations and grants to undertake special projects and to help sustain the Cathedral community.
The Fundraising Department is responsible for raising money to help with the day-to-day running of the Cathedral. We do this by seeking donations (one-off or regular), by encouraging congregational giving, by promoting the Becket Patrons programme (for people giving £750+ per year), through the Augustine Legacy Circle (for people who have pledged to leave a gift in their Will) and through appeals. The majority of this income is unrestricted which means the Cathedral can use it wherever it is needed most. Click here to fill in the donation form.
The Cathedral Trust is a separate charity which raises significant funding for special projects, mainly through major donors and charitable trusts/foundations.
The Friends is a membership scheme. The Cathedral's 'fan club', The Friends are a group of like-minded people who admire the building, its history and the community which surrounds it. Becoming a Friend is not only about restoring a beautiful old building; it’s about being a part of a community and forming lasting relationships, one which enjoys many activities and ‘behind the scenes’ events. You can find out more about the Friends here.
The Fundraising Department will be happy to help with any queries. Please email [email protected] or phone 01227 865343.
Joanna Luck – Head of Fundraising (including the Cathedral Trust)
Sam Royle – Trusts and Research Manager
Summer Alp – Fundraising Officer