A CONGREGATION will kickstart a mammoth fundraising drive at the weekend to help restore their church.
Holy Trinity Church, in Seaton Carew, needs to raise £150,000 for a restoration project to try to protect the crumbling architecture.
The fundraising project, On a Wing and a Prayer, is being relaunched at the church’s Easter Fair this Saturday.
The Crawford Street church, which has been in Seaton since the early 1800s, has undergone various restoration projects over the years, with its location near to the seafront exposing it to the elements.
Carol Cliffe, restoration appeal co-ordinator for the church, said: “The problems we’ve identified were brought to our attention though checks carried out every five years which look into the church’s physical condition.
“We plan to restore the building a wing at a time, and hope to start work as soon as enough funds can be raised.”
Holy Trinity hopes to raise £150,000 in donations, and will mark the relaunch of the appeal by releasing three dove balloons symbolising the Wing and Prayer theme.
The current total of donations stands at around £20,600.
The church is also running a Sponsor a Stone initative, where anyone wishing to pledge a one-off donation or a small, regular standing order in memory of a loved one can have a permamnet reminder placed within the church.
Entry to the fair, which starts at 10am at the church, is 50p.
Anyone interested in sponsoring a stone or volunteering for a fundraising event can contact Ms Cliffe on (01429) 861093.