Schoolchildren's efforts help appeal to revamp Cleethorpes' St Peter's Church
HALLELUJAH! A fundraising appeal to revamp Cleethorpes' historic St Peter's Church building has reached the £10,000 mark, thanks to generous parents at Reynolds Primary School.
As reported, the church launched the A-mend appeal with the aim of carrying out a series of improvements aimed at securing its future as a modern community hub for the 21st century.
The work, which will include replacing rotting timber under the nave floor, installing a retractable projector screen, and creating a refreshment unit, is expected to cost about £420,000.
And, although the church will apply for grant funding towards the project, it anticipates that it will have to raise about £60,000 of the money through its own fundraising.
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A grant from Wren, which is due to clear in May, will kick off the project, allowing work to start on the "essentials" – replacing the floor and repairing the roof.
And head teacher of Reynolds Primary School Sue Pritlove has decided to help the group meet the rest of the costs, part of the school's own centenary celebrations this year.
Joining Year 1 pupils in handing over an initial £200 donation, she said: "We held quite a few concerts at Christmas – about seven altogether.
"We never charge an admission fee, but at the end of each we ask parents for a donation instead.
"We choose a charity to support each year and, as we're celebrating our centenary, this year we decided we would like to support another historic building in the town.
"We will be holding other fundraising events throughout the year and the money we raise will be forwarded to the same appeal."
She added that the school had links to many local churches, with Year 2 pupils visiting the Victorian building in St Peter's Avenue as part of their regular curriculum.
The Reverend Paul Hunter said the donation was "very timely" as it took the appeal to the £10,000 mark.
He said: "We're very grateful to everyone at the school.
"It's a tremendous amount of money to raise and it all helps us reach our target."
Donations can be made by sending a cheque, made payable to St Peter's Church, Cleethorpes, to St Peter's Parish Office, St Peter's Church Hall, St Peter's Avenue, Cleethorpes, DN35 8HP. Please write "A-mend project" on the back of your cheque.