Church appeal nears £40,000 target – News

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CALL FOR DALE: Churchwarden Marian Lewis and Dave Bottoms

FOUR months after launching a fundraising appeal for the repair of a historic village church, fundraisers are just £4,000 short of their target.
St Mary’s Church, Hutton Magna, was built in 1878 and features elements of an earlier structure dating from the 13th century.
A leaky roof, lime erosion and end-of-life cast iron gutters caused water damage to the interior.
A grant from the Sir John Priestman Trust enabled the building to be professionally assessed and a repair plan drawn up.
In December church officials launched an appeal to help raise the £40,000 needed to complete the work.
A grant application has also been submitted to the National Heritage Lottery Fund.
Church treasurer Dave Bottoms, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer four years ago and is undergoing treatment, used his latest round of chemotherapy to secure sponsorship and bolster the repair fund. Initially hoping to raise £1,000, Mr Bottoms’ appeal raised £8,000.
He said: “We’re doing well, but we’re still £4,000 short of our target.
“Thank you to the Allchurches Trust and the Sir John Priestman Trust for their significant supporting funding.”
Now he has launched an online raffle with the top prize of an overnight stay for two at the Headlam Hall Hotel including dinner, bed and breakfast.
Mr Bottoms said: “We started the draw to help close the gap.
“Headlam very generously donated three great prizes.”
Just text HEADLAM to 70191 to buy a £10 ticket for your chance to win.
Mobile numbers will be automatically saved and will be put into the mix when it is drawn at noon on Thursday, March 31.

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