A CHURCH that is nearly 351 years old needs £60,000 to pay for a new roof.
St Saviour’s, in Foremark, is in desperate need of a stainless steel roof and a campaign has been launched in a bid to raise the funds needed to complete the work.
The church is using an internet-based platform that allows people who shop on the web to donate while online.
Reverend Martin Flowerdew told the Mail: “We need to raise substantial funds, in excess of £60,000, to have a stainless steel roof fitted on our beautiful church.
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 added: “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.”
More than £6,000 was spent last winter to cover the roof in felt to protect it during the cold snap.
The roof was completely releaded in 2002 but the site has become a crime hot spot in recent years, with lead stolen five times from the roof.
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.
It was officially consecrated by Bishop Hacket of Lichfield on September 21, 1662.
Anyone interested in helping the fund-raising efforts or donating towards the work should call Rev Flowerdew on 01283 703317 or email email@example.com