CHURCH chiefs have revealed that it costs an astonishing £60,000 to keep the doors open at a popular place of worship in South Derbyshire.
Senior figures at St Wystan’s Church, in Repton, announced the figure as part of efforts to raise funds to keep the site as a ‘much-loved part of the village’.
Recycling metal is one method that is being used to raise additional funds for the holy site.
Campaign organiser David Roberts said: “St Wystan’s Church is a much-loved part of the village, but it costs roughly £60,000 a year to run.
“Recycling metal is something that everyone can do to help.
“Cans and foil can be left in the labelled black bins outside the church porch.
“If people are able to squash their cans, it will save me a lot of time and work.
“In addition to cans and foil, I can recycle copper, brass, aluminium and electrical cable – if people are throwing away electrical appliances then they can cut off the cable and let me turn it into cash for the church.
“If people replace the battery on their car, they can ask for it back and I can recycle it.
“Anyone who is unsure about whether an article is suitable can call me on 01283 702159.
“In the last three years, more than £2,000 has been raised in this way and I say many thanks to everyone who has contributed.”
This latest fund-raising bid comes just over a year after church chiefs raised tens of thousands of pounds to help pay for a new church spire.
The money will be used to replace several cracked stones, as well as allowing for the whole entire structure to be re-pointed.