FOLLOWING a year of tireless fundraising from the Daventry community, repair work to the decaying Holy Cross Church is set to begin.
The church faced the enormous task of raising £129,000 to secure a grant from English Heritage for £326,000. This would fund repair work and prevent the church from potential closure.
For months members of the church have united to hold fundraising events including a fashion show, concert and, most recently, a bike ride from Daventry to Lincoln Cathedral, and the total fund has just passed the £90,000 mark.
Daventry residents Mike, 72, and Marina Bloom braved the weather on December 9 cycling 160 miles to raise funds after Mrs Bloom became aware of the plight of the church from a regular attendee.
The couple wanted to do something to help and have raised over £300 from the cycle.
Mr Bloom said: “We wouldn’t normally attempt this sort of thing at this time of year but as the church has a deadline to find the money it seemed a good reason to go.”
Fundraising like this and a recent anonymous donation of £50,000 has allowed church members to finalise contracts for repair work to begin in the new year.
Canon Michael Webber thanked all those in the community who donated and said work should begin on the church in spring.
Further donations can be made by visiting: www.justgiving.com/DaventryHolyCrossBuildingFund.