Vil­lage ral­lies be­hind church

Fundrais­ing un­der­way af­ter van­dals’ at­tack

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

FUNDRAIS­ING is un­der way to im­prove se­cu­rity af­ter van­dals flooded a church hall by block­ing its kitchen and toi­let sinks.

They had smashed a wall and door to gain ac­cess to loft space at the re­cently re­fur­bished St Paul’s Church in Egham Hythe at the end of Au­gust, their ac­tions caus­ing £4,000 of dam­age.

The church’s pri­est, Fa­ther Michael Roper, has al­ready started a crowd­fund­ing page to im­prove the Thorpe Road­based church’s CCTV and alarms which has so far raised £290 of a £1,000 tar­get.

Now a group of peo­ple are or­gan­is­ing a se­ries of events, in­clud­ing a char­ity car wash at the church, to help raise a fur­ther £2,000.

Wilf Hall, com­mit­tee chair­man for the church, said the group has al­ready raised £300 and sup­port­ers are plan­ning a bar­be­cue night and five-aside foot­ball match.

“A lot of lo­cal

res­i­dents were up­set over the break-in and wanted to do some­thing to help,” he ex­plained. “When the area had the bad flood­ing in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary last year, the church opened its doors to the com­mu­nity.

“The hall that had the break-in was where all the food and sup­plies were col­lected to be dis­trib­uted.

“Also, as some peo­ple stayed in their homes with no power, a place to get a free hot drink was very wel­come.

“The com­mu­nity feel it is our turn to re­pay the kind gen­eros­ity that was given by the church com­mu­nity.”

St Paul’s crowd­fund­ing page is at crowd­fund­ing.justgiv­ing.com/speh.

Grant Humphreys RS156142

Key sup­port­ers: From left, Car­o­line Ed­wards, Adam Gar­rett, Mark Mil­lard, plus Veron­ica and Wilf Hall.

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