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St Edmund's
Raise the Roof Appeal

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 22nd August   We are launching the 5K Challenge in church today! We are aiming to raise £5,000 in 50 days to help towards Raise the Roof Phase 1.  

 

More news and supporter stories coming soon...

Why do we need an appeal?  Quite simply, our roofs are leaking and the rain is coming in. We need to raise funds to keep our Church and Hall buildings available for the benefit of the whole community.

 

There is a lot of work ahead of us, so we are splitting it into 2 phases.

 

Phase 1 is the most urgent work; the replacement of the roofs where the rain is coming in now.

 

Phase 2 is the work which must be completed in the next few years to keep the rain out and prevent the buildings deteriorating.

 

Phase 1 - The work and how much it will cost

The work in Phase 1 includes:

  • The replacement of the leaking flat roofs and guttering above the Small Hall, Hall toilets, corridors and kitchen
     

  • The replacement of the leaking flat roofs and guttering above the Church Foyer and Susan Old Lounge
     

  • The replacement of the leaking cascading roofs above the Lady Chapel altar

 

Tenders have been received and the cost is £116,000 including VAT.    

 

We already have £67,000 thanks to previous fundraising efforts, promised donations and by reassigning existing unrestricted church funds.  

 

Our fundraising target for Phase 1 is just under £50,000. When this is raised, work can be started.  

 

Phase 2 - What, when and how much?

Phase 2 includes work which must be completed in the next few years. This includes:

 

  • The replacement of the Hall and Lady Chapel tiled pitched roofs and guttering
     

  • The replacement of the flat roofs above the Church vestries and guttering
     

  • Concrete repairs around windows
     

  • Safety rail for the Church carpark

 

A budget estimate has been received and the cost is approximately £230,000 including VAT.    

 

We already have £17,000 thanks to previous fundraising efforts.

 

Our remaining fundraising target for Phase 2 is £213,000 and we will be applying for grants alongside other fundraising activities to help us reach this goal. 

What can I do?

 

  • If you are able, please consider making a donation to help directly towards the £50,000 Phase 1 target so the most urgent work can be started.  
     

  • Consider raising money with your family and friends in our 5K Challenge
     

  • Support St Edmund’s Fundraising Events over the coming months.

We will provide regular updates on the progress of this Appeal in Church, here on the website and in newsletters and social media.

Please keep in touch with us

 

E-mail RaiseTheRoof@saintedmundschurch.org.uk  and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Appeal, the work involved and its progress.

 

A final thought...

St Edmund’s was originally built through the generosity of the people of this Parish (many giving a Shilling a Week!).  In this generation’s hour of need, we are appealing once again to the people of the whole Parish and beyond to join us in preserving our buildings, for the benefit of all our local community, those who watch our services online and for the Christian mission of this Church serving generations to come.

 

Thank you – we are grateful for your support