Our Patrons

We are very honoured that HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO is Patron of the Development Trust.

 © 2013 The Royal Household Bagshot Park/Image by Millie Pilkington

© 2013 The Royal Household Bagshot Park/Image by Millie Pilkington

We are also extremely fortunate to have Jools Holland OBE DL as our Music Patron and a most generous supporter of the choir for many years.

 Photograph by Mary McCartney

Photograph by Mary McCartney

David Starkey CBE is historian, broadcaster and Honorary Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

 David Starkey CBE

David Starkey CBE

Rory Sutherland is Vice Chairman of Ogilvy Mather, an attractively vague job title which has allowed him to co-found Ogilvychange, a behavioural science practice.

 Rory Sutherland

Rory Sutherland

Rochester Cathedral Trust

Rochester Cathedral Trust

For centuries Rochester Cathedral has been supported by countless thousands of individuals and organisations who have worshipped here and who have loved this place. Our mission never stops. We rely on the love and generosity of our worshippers, visitors and supporters to sustain the Cathedral, support the restoration of its fabric and to ensure that the excellence of our choral tradition is maintained.

It costs around £1.2m a year to keep the Cathedral running on a day to day basis. The Cathedral is almost entirely self funding. We receive no Government money and very little from central church funds. Additional projects such as the maintenance of our ancient buildings, improving our music or extending our ministry into new and exciting areas all depend on charitable giving, sponsorship, grant aid or legacies.

Rochester Cathedral Trust (Reg. Charity No. 291616) was formed in 1985 to raise funds on the Cathedral’s behalf to ensure that its mission can be sustained and to assist with the upkeep of the fabric and the maintenance of its superb musical traditions.  

The trust runs a number of fundraising events each year and through its networks attracts funding vital to support the Cathedral’s work.

Your support

Donations of any size to the Trust’s fund raising are most gratefully received, but in order to acknowledge our debt to larger donors, the Trust has developed a “reward scheme”. Named after officers of the pre-Reformation monastic Cathedral foundation, different levels of donation will enjoy different benefits.  For details of the benefits attached to each level of support please click here. Download Benefits document 

Ways of giving and tax benefits and reliefs

You may of course use the "Just Giving" link on the right hand side of this page.

Please do whatever you find most convenient. Not everyone is in a position, or wishes, to make a one off payment of a substantial amount, particularly in their lifetime. Naturally you may make your gift in installments, or even by a legacy pledge (for which you may also qualify for Inheritance Tax relief). We aim to be as flexible as possible given your requirements.

  •  If you wish your gift to be made without publicity, your anonymity is assured. 
  •  If you qualify to “Gift Aid” your donation, the Cathedral will receive a refund of income tax from the government, at no extra cost to you.  
  • You may also qualify for income tax and capital gains tax relief if you give certain assets (including “qualifying shares”).

A useful summary of the tax benefits and reliefs is set out at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/individuals/giving/basics.htm. You may, though, wish to consult your independent financial adviser for confirmation of your personal situation. 

The Trustees of The Rochester Cathedral Trust

Michael P Aiken MBE
Michael became Chairman of The Rochester Cathedral Trust in 2011. He is also past Chairman of the Mary Rose Trust, Founder Trustee of The Leadership Trust, a board member of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Chairman of Aiken Spence Ltd.  He is Vice Patron of the Tall Ships Youth Trust, President of the Blyskawica Society, President of West Kent Relate and Chairman of Spellbound Theatre Productions Limited. Michael is married to Sigi and they have two sons. He has a number of business interests and his hobbies include sailing and country pursuits.

Michael was awarded an MBE in Her Majesty the Queen's birthday honours for 2013 for services to National Heritage.

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Message from the Chairman of Rochester Cathedral Trust, Michael Aiken MBE

"As England's second oldest Cathedral, this beautiful building has been witness to many of the Country's historic events and dramas. Its architecture reflects the progressive passage of centuries with the Norman element being very striking. The whole atmosphere in and around the Cathedral is one of holiness and spirituality. I feel very privileged to be involved in its life."

The Very Revd Dr Philip Hesketh
The Viscount de L'Isle MBE
John A Spence OBE DL
Richard Oldfield  
Diana Paul
Philip Talboys
Joss Croft
Clare Denison-Pender
Lord Colgrain
Canon Paul Hudson
Canon Ralph Godsall
Canon Matthew Rushton
Georgie Warner DL

In Attendance at Trust meetings: 
Simon Lace Chapter Clerk/Executive Director
Lynne Bax Development Officer

The Business Guild

The Business Guild works as a part of the Rochester Cathedral Trust to provide a direct link between businesses with commercial interests in Medway and Kent and the Cathedral. It does so through a lively annual programme of seminars, social events, concerts and conferences. You can find out more about the Business Guild here.

Please contact the Development Officer, Lynne Bax, on +44 (0)1634 810074 or by email lynne.bax@rochestercathedral.org with any enquiries. 

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