A DESPERATE appeal to save an historic Buxton church has been given an £11,000 boost since appearing in the Buxton Advertiser two weeks ago.
Christ Church, Burbage has dry rot and around £100,000 is needed to repair the problem and secure the future of the 150-year-old church, which has been placed on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk Register for the first time.
English Heritage have offered a grant of £40,000 towards the cost of the work but on the condition that repairs must start by March, so the money needs to be raised as soon as possible.
And the appeal has been given a boost after church warden Joyce Allwright, who is leading the fundraising drive, received donations of £11,000 from anonymous donors.
She said: “I am absolutely thrilled to bits. To get £11,000 from people who are from outside the area is fantastic.
“I’m so thrilled that someone who doesn’t even live here cares enough to want to give money.”
The dry rot problem is in addition to ongoing problems with the church roof, which needs replacing, so any repairs need to be carried out at the same time. This means the total amount needed is around £200,000 – though half of that is already in place.
The church have organised a number of special events, as well as the regular fund-raisers that take place, to help with the emergency.
But there are other ways local people can show their support for the appeal.
Envelopes can be collected from the church and the tax claimed back through Gift Aid if the donation is from a taxpayer.
Alternatively donations can be made by dropping an envelope through Joyce’s door at 2 Arbor Grove. Joyce is also able to collect donations from anyone who can’t get out of their home for any reason if they call her on 01298 78483.
Anyone who wants to organise their own fundraising event for the appeal is encouraged to do so.