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Money comes in for fundraising appeal to help Gosberton Parish Church after lead thefts




A fundraising appeal to help pay for repairs to the roof of Gosberton's parish church is already climbing.

We reported on Tuesday (May 21) how a member of the public, Stephanie-Jo Redman, who lives in neighbouring village Donington, began a Go Fund Me appeal after lead thieves struck.

Rev Ian Walters, Vicar of Gosberton, with district councillors Henry Bingham, Simon Walsh and Jane King outside the Lady Chapel where lead was stolen. (10535482)
Rev Ian Walters, Vicar of Gosberton, with district councillors Henry Bingham, Simon Walsh and Jane King outside the Lady Chapel where lead was stolen. (10535482)

St Peter and St Paul's Church was targeted twice within the space of 48 hours over Thursday and Saturday last week - with around 12 tonnes of lead being torn from the roof of the Lady Chapel.

Then, between Sunday and Monday, St Swithun's Church in Bicker, was also a victim of theft when lead was torn from its North Chancel roof. It has not been confirmed if the incidents in the two villages are connected.

Since publishing news of the fundraising appeal for Gosberton's church more people have donated - with a single anonymous pledge of £250. The appeal leapt from £130 on Tuesday to £420.

This photo shows where the lead was ripped from the roof of Gosberton Parish Church's Lady Chapel. Image supplied. (10527108)
This photo shows where the lead was ripped from the roof of Gosberton Parish Church's Lady Chapel. Image supplied. (10527108)

Repairs to the roof of the chapel at St Peter and St Paul's are estimated to cost the church at least £40,000.

Stephanie-Jo was thrilled to see the donations coming in for the appeal. She told us today: "The church is an important part of our heritage. It belongs to us, so we need to look after it as best we can. Also, there was an anonymous donation of £250 after the article got published so a very big thank you to them for their very generous donation."

The Vicar of Gosberton, the Rev Ian Walters, told us this week: "I was delighted to hear about the fundraising appeal. It is very encouraging, at a time when we are feeling a bit despondent, to see a member of the community has set this up."

To donate to the appeal, click on the link here.

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