CRIMINALS have stolen lead from the roof of a South Derbyshire five times in the past 10 years, it has been revealed.
Reverend Martin Flowerdew told the Mail that thieves continue to target the roof of St Saviour’s, in Foremark, with another incident recently taking place.
This comes at a time when the church chief is leading a campaign to raise £60,000 for a new stainless steel roof
Rev Flowerdew said: “Following the fifth theft of lead from the church in just over 10 years, we really need to raise in excess of £60,000 to have the new stainless steel roof fitted.”
The church is using an internet-based platform that allows people who shop on the web to donate while online.
Rev Flowerdew added: “I am obviously keen for as many people as possible to sign up.
“Things are financially tough at the moment and we understand that, so we are having to look at more creative ways to raise vital funds for St Saviour’s Church.”
The church has joined other good causes by raising money through easyfundraising.org.uk
The service allows people to shop at retailers such as Tesco, Amazon and Argos and then donate between one and 15 per cent of the purchase price to a chosen charity.
Rev Flowerdew said: “It does not cost you anything and the money will be paid directly to the our appeal bank account.
“The service has already helped UK charities raise almost £4 million.
“I also wish to say a big thank you to people who have already signed up and raised £130 for the campaign online.”
The roof was completely releaded in 2002.
The building was one of the first churches to be built in England following the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, which saw a ban on church building lifted.
More than £6,000 was spent last winter to cover the roof in felt to protect it during the cold snap.
Anyone interested in helping the fund-raising efforts or donating towards the work should call Rev Flowerdew on 01283 703317
Derbyshire Police are aware of the incidents at the church and urge anyone who witnesses any suspicious activity to get in touch.
To report a crime, call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.