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Weekly readers urged to sponsor roof tiles in church appeal

Readers are being urged to sponsor a church tile in memory of a loved one as part of a weekly newspaper’s fundraising campaign.

The Malvern Gazette has joined forces with Christ Church, in Malvern, to try to raise £30,000 to repair the building’s ageing roof.

The Gazette hopes to reach the target by Christmas to help replace slates falling off the roof, which dates back to 1875, with coupons being printed in the paper allowing readers to donate, pictured below.

The church recently received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £158,000, making a substantial contribution towards the total cost of £223,000.

Malvern church

John Wilson, Gazette deputy editor, said: “Christ Church is a prominent landmark in Malvern’s townscape, and plays a prominent role in the local community, so we’re delighted that we can help with this most important appeal.”

Last year, the church installed a new boiler, and in 2006/7, spent £96,000 on extensive repairs to its distinctive spire.

Angela Green, from the church, said: “We can do with all the help we can get, which is why we’re delighted that the Malvern Gazette is supporting us.

“Christ Church is rooted in the community and so is the Malvern Gazette, and the Gazette has consistently supported us through some difficult times.”