Choir’s boost for church’s appeal

Pauline Shaw (right) with Julia Taylor at St Luke's Church
Pauline Shaw (right) with Julia Taylor at St Luke's Church

A FUNDRAISING drive is heating up as churchgoers continue with their efforts to fund a new boiler.

As previously reported in the Mail, it could be a long, cold winter at St Luke’s Church, in Hartlepool’s Tunstall Avenue due to the unpredictability of their “ancient” current boiler.

Regulars are now attempting to raise more than £11,000 which is needed for the new boiler - and that fund was boosted thanks to a successful recent event.

The church was packed out as the Hartlepool Ladies Choir performed a songs.

The popular evening raised £485 for the cause, meaning the church now has more than £3,000.

Pauline Shaw, 59, who helped to organise the event, said: “It’s going to be a gradual process and we are going to have to be patient but it is going well.

“The event at the church was a real success.

“We hadn’t sold too many tickets beforehand and I was feeling a bit glum about it but the turn out on the night was marvellous.”

The event also featured a display of old photographs. t

Pauline, who lives in Bankston Close, in Hartlepool, with husband David, 59, said a number of people were able to give the dates of the photographs and names of those pictured.

The church will host a coffee morning event in the parish centre, also in Tunstall Avenue, on Saturday, October 20 from 10am-noon.

A crafts stall will be set up at the coffee morning which will be raising more money.

To donate or help the church contact Julia Taylor on (01429) 271194.