Through various major fundraising appeals over the past 5 decades, the Cathedral Trust has helped Canterbury Cathedral to survive and thrive. Overseen by a dedicated Board of Trustees, the Trust raises funds from charitable trusts and foundations, and individuals, and passes that money to Chapter for strategically important projects.
The Patron of the Cathedral Trust is His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG GCMG GCVO.
Its Registered Charity Number is 1112590.
The Cathedral Trust celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2024.
Our current major project is the West Front
We are aiming to raise £6m to fund:
- Conservation and repairs to the iconic West Front of the Cathedral
- Apprentice stonemasons
- Improved disabled access at the main South Door
If you would like to support the West Front project, or an aspect of it, you can donate in the following ways:
- By cheque, made payable to ‘Canterbury Cathedral Trust’ sent to the Fundraising Department.
- Bank Transfer – a direct payment to the Trust’s bank account.
Our last major project was the Canterbury Journey
The Cathedral Trust raised over £11m from generous donors which facilitated match-funding of £14m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and investment of £8m from Chapter to provide:
- A new Visitor Welcome Centre
- Restoration works on the Nave Roof and Ceiling, stained glass and Christ Church Gate
- Exhibition spaces in the Crypt, Water Tower and Viewing Gallery
- Landscaping in the Cathedral Precincts
- Community and education activities.
More information on this unprecedented project click on the button below:
An ongoing project is Adopt-a-Stop!
The Cathedral’s organ sits at the heart of our music, supporting all who sing here and inspiring all who journey here. This magnificent instrument was refurbished by Harrison and Harrison in 2019, thanks to the support of our generous donors. The refurbished instrument has a new, relocated console, with four manuals and 89 stops giving voice to over 6,000 pipes. The stops (ranks of pipes) allow a kaleidoscope of sounds to shine through. Each pipe, from the smallest to the largest adds to this wonderful instrument, enhancing the voices of all who sing within these walls.
You can sponsor a pipe, selection of pipes or an organ stop at a range of levels (from £50 to pipes in smaller stops to £10,000 for the major 32ft pipes). What a wonderful way to remember someone who loved Cathedral music, or to celebrate a special person’s birthday? We will honour your generosity with:
- A certificate signed by the Dean of Canterbury
- Recognition in our digital Book of Donors (cited near the Organ Loft in the Cathedral)
- An invitation to a forthcoming organ concert.
For more information please contact [email protected] or call 01227 865343.
From Historic England’s Major Works Fund for essential conservation works on the Trinity Chapel Roof and West Towers during the Covid pandemic.
From the Culture Recovery Fund towards core costs during the Covid pandemic
From donors (including through our Adopt-a-Stop! Appeal) to fund the installation of the new Grand Organ
From donors for the conservation and rebuilding of the Great South Window (2009-2016)
From donors for repairs to other fabric on the Cathedral
From donors to support the Music Department, including the founding of the Girls’ Choir in 2014
Our sincere thanks go to everyone who has supported the Cathedral Trust with generous gifts and grants.