AN ambitious project to raise £150,000 for vital restoration looks set to reach the £25,000 mark.
Holy Trinity Church in Seaton Carew is working to raise the mammoth amount to carry out urgent repairs to the stonework which has suffered over the generations.
Parishioners have got together to organise a host of activities to help raise the money by setting up the drive called On a Wing and a Prayer.
Recent events including an art competition and sponsor a stone appeal look to have pushed the total past the £25,000 mark, although money is still being counted.
Appeal co-ordinator Carol Cliffe said: “We are really pleased with how far we have come so far.
“We hope to put in a bid to English Heritage next month, which if successful would be a welcome contribution. We need to protect this place of worship and centre of our community to ensure it remains for generations to come.”
The church plans to restore the church in Crawford Street a wing at a time.
More people are being invited to take part in the sponsor a stone initiative.
For a one-off donation, starting at £20, people can have a church stone dedicated to the memory of a loved one or celebrate a family event such as an anniversary or christening.
A model wall has gone on show inside the church to show the progress of the project.
An art competition, also towards the restoration appeal, has been hailed a success and the 12 winning entries that will be made into a calendar have been chosen.
They will be revealed on September 10 at an auction night at Seaton Carew Cricket Club when paintings donated by professional artists will be sold off.
More money is set to be raised from a concert to celebrate the church’s 180th birthday on Saturday, September 24.
It will feature performances by the church choir and Holy Trinity Primary School choir.