THE deadline for fundraising is approaching for the Holy Cross Church, Daventry, where the congregation have a hefty £129,000 to raise before the end of the year.
Repairs to the church, which has been badly eroded by cold and frost, stand at £298,890.
A grant from English Heritage of £197,000 means the congregation still have a large sum to raise with the total cost of their efforts standing at £25,000.
Daventry residents have been giving generously to the cause with church goers adding to funds by holding a fashion show and band nights.
Church Warden Peter Wagstaff said: “English Heritage have been very generous with their grant but we are still fundraising. We have written to households in Daventry and people have given what they can.
“There has been a good stream of money coming in and I banked £1,000 last week and it would be it would be great if we could bank that every week.”
The church was found to have big problems in 2010 following a five-yearly inspection of the exterior. English Heritage declared it ‘at risk’ following a full survey by Architects Acanthos Clews of Banbury who said the work must be carried out within two years or the church would face closure.
Mr Wagstaff said: “The church is so important because we are looking after it for future generations because it is important both historically and architecturally.
The next fundraising events at Holy Cross will include two stalls at the Mop Fair on September 15, a special songs of praise service on September 16 and a harvest supper on October 19.