CHURCHGOERS in South Tyneside are raising the roof as part of a £100,000 appeal.
Repairs to the roof of St Aloysius RC Church in Prince Consort Road, Hebburn, need to be completed by 2015.
Parishioners have created an appeal committee, and have already raised thousands of pounds towards the work on the Victorian church, which opened for worship back in 1888.
Various fundraising ventures are taking place, including the launch of a 2014 calendar.
Sarah Leake, chairman of the church’s roof fund committee, said: “The fundraising for the roof is going really well and we have now raised more than £30,000, thanks to the hard work, commitment and support of our parishioners. Our target is £100,000 by 2015.”
Mrs Leake described the appeal as “a real community effort,” with organisers confident of reaching their fundraising total.
The appeal suffered a recent setback when a cash bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund failed to strike gold, but parishioners are determined to reach their target.
The 2014 St Aloysius calendar features pictures by David West Photography, illustrating various aspects of the church, and was printed by Smith Bros of Hebburn.
The church calendar was sponsored by Chase Holmes, Co-operative Funeral Care, Miko Shelter Solutions, Industrial Temperature Sensors and Kingston Precision Engineering.
The calendar costs £5 and is available from the church after weekend masses, from the parish office, or by calling 0779 499 4119.