Radbourne church crowdfunds to replace roof

St Andrew’s Radbourne has launched a crowdfunding campaign to enable it to replace the remainder of its lead roof with steel.

Following two separate lead thefts in four years, the PCC has decided on the steel option to help prevent further theft and damage to the church.

However, this comes at a cost of £55,000.

The PCC’s crowdfunding project manager, Tim Gretton, said: “St Andrew’s has a small congregation, an average of 12 - and raising this money through the usual fundraising activities is not feasible. 

"So, crowdfunding seemed to be a good option.

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The church roof at St Andrew's has been targetted twice in four years

“We have a dedicated Facebook page and email address and we have also had roadside banners advertising the project. The campaign runs for four weeks and is being run through crowdfunder.co.uk

“We really hope that people will give generously to help to preserve an ancient and listed building of significant architectural and historic interest, as well as preserving a local place of worship for generations to come.”

For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/StAndrewsRadbourne/ or search “Stop the church roof lead thieves” or contact stopthechurchroofleadthieves@gmail.com

Bishop Libby has written in support of the campaign: "It is deeply distressing to hear that St Andrew's Radbourne has been the target of roof lead theft for the second time in four years.

"I commend the positive action being taken in response, and support the fund-raising effort by the PCC, to replace all the lead with steel and thus prevent further theft as well as protecting an ancient place of worship for future generations.

"Please support 'Stop The Church Roof Lead Thieves'."

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