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Donor’s £100k gift for historic church

An extremely generous anonymous benefactor has donated �100,000 to help with the upkeep of Poulton's iconic St Chad's Church.
Pictured outside the church is vicar Rev Martin Keighley.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
25-4-2014

An extremely generous anonymous benefactor has donated �100,000 to help with the upkeep of Poulton's iconic St Chad's Church. Pictured outside the church is vicar Rev Martin Keighley. PIC BY ROB LOCK 25-4-2014

An anonymous donor has given £100,000 to a 920-year-old Poulton church.

The gift has been given to St Chad’s Church by a parishioner who is keen to ensure the place of worship has enough money to maintain itself in coming years.

While the donation isn’t the largest sum the church has ever received from an individual, with some legacies left in wills coming in at around £200,000, the gift from a person still alive is somewhat rare.

Rev Martin Keighley said he and the parish are delighted with the generous gift to the church off Ball Steet in the town centre.

He said: “We’re very grateful for the regard in which people hold the church and that people look upon us so generously.

“We’re dependant on people’s generosity, whether it’s a one off sum like this or something given every week.

“We’ve had legacies greater than this in the past but this is the largest I’ve known from a living donor. We’re always very grateful for the generosity of parishioners.”

The church has recently spent the same amount on repair work to the exterior of the Grade II listed building.

Rev Keighley added: “The donor is aware we’ve just spent that sort of money on doing work and wanted us to have a resource for the future and have options to spend in the future.

“We’ve just spent £100,000 on roof repairs, drainage repairs, things you don’t necessarily see a lot of change from but it’s skilled work that costs us a lot.”

Now it is anticipated the money could be spent on a redecoration of the inside of the church, which features stained glass windows from the late 19th century and a more than 100-year-old organ.

Rev Keighley, who has been at the church since 2000, said: “We try to maintain running costs from regular contributions.

“This donation allows us to do major capital projects, which can be hard to raise money for otherwise.

“Churches are very expensive buildings to maintain so this is a great help to us and will help us to redecorate.

“It’s a great sum and a great boost. We’re very fortunate and we’re aware of that.”

 

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