CHURCHGOERS have spoken about how important the Holy Cross is to community life in Daventry.
The church has to raise £129,000 by the end of the year to secure a £197,000 grant from English Heritage.
It has been placed at risk because of the poor condition of its stonework and balustrading.
If the Holy Cross can’t raise the funds, there it is a risk it will be forced to close.
Mary Adams, from Badby Road, said: “I moved to Daventry in 1984 and have been using the church since 1986.
“I go to every Sunday service I can and the building is such a big part of the history of the town.
“These days people don’t tend to use the church as regularly but if it wasn’t there I know everyone would miss it.
“We need to get this money to fix the roof because without that we obviously can’t have the rest of the building.
“There’s a big social element too as the church is a big part of the community.”
Mrs Adams also helps run what’s know as the children’s church at the Holy Cross.
She added: “It’s something we do during the Sunday services.
“We take the youngsters away from the normal service and explain to them what’s happening in church in a way they understand.
“I know people are cutting back but this is such an important and historical building and we hope people can help.”
The church is planning a number of fundraising events over the course of the year, including a fashion show at the Daventry Court Hotel on Friday, July 6.
For tickets or more information call Lizette Hummel on 07867515610.