CHURCHGOERS have worked together to raise nearly £2,000 to fund a new audio system.
St Peter’s Church, in Elwick, now has just about enough money to buy a much-needed audio-frequency induction loop system, which allows people to hear more clearly.
The new system will also prove extremely useful when projecting the voices of youngsters from the nearby St Peter’s Elwick CE Primary School, who use the church regularly.
A number of quirky fundraisers have been organised over the last few months to help raise the cash.
Regular raffles and coffee mornings have boosted the funds and churchgoers also donated by entering a name-the-teddy competition.
The generous Benevolent Committee of Durham Freemasons also handed over £500 to help support the church.
The kind-hearted donations have helped to raise an impressive £1,800, which is believed will be enough to buy the new system.
Ron Gray, church treasurer, said: “The system will make a huge difference to people, like myself, who use a hearing aid.
“The church in Hart and several other churches have this system in place and it has proved extremely successful.
“Everyone at the church has played their part and helped to raise around £1,800 which we are delighted with.
“Children at the primary school will also benefit, their little voices will be better projected to all of the listeners through the audio system.”
A number of local causes have helped to raise the money including Elwick Millennium Association.
Ron added: “We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported this project with contributions both large and small.
“It is greatly appreciated.”