LOCAL people are being invited to step forward and support a Whaley Bridge church’s latest fundraising appeal.
Work is already well underway on a new chapel at Whaley Hall Community of the King of Love, on Reservoir Road, which will provide a worship space for services, liturgy, music and a range of other uses.
As part of the redevelopment, the church is installing a new black slate memorial floor and offering people the chance to purchase tiles in memory of loved ones.
The church hopes to raise around £3,000 through the appeal, which has already been boosted by donations from as far and wide as New Zealand and Puerto Rico.
The Rev Jamie MacLeod said: “My own personal feeling is sometimes people do not want to bother with putting flowers on graves because they think it is a waste of time and money, but here they can give £20 for a piece of the memorial floor, which will bring many years of love and dedication, and pleasure to other people as well.”
The new chapel is being created in an old conference room at Whaley Hall, adjoining the oratory, and the church hopes the work will be completed before its annual Advent Carol Service on December 9.
It is intended a plaque on a wall in the chapel will bear the names of loved ones being remembered.
“This is something available to everyone, church people or non-church people. It is not a case of us shutting the door in people’s faces, but a case of making everyone feel welcome,” Mr MacLeod added.
Any money left over from the fundraising will be put towards the purchase of new windows and stained glass.
Donations, made payable to Whaley Hall, can be sent by post to Whaley Hall Community of the King of Love, Reservoir Road, Whaley Bridge, SK23 7BL.