Donations flood in for roof appeal

Picture L-R: David Wilcockson [Church Treasure], John Fisher [Appeal Chairman] & Max Robinson [Ernest Brigham Funeral Directors Ltd.] �500 donation from Ernest Brigham Funeral Directors towards the �50,000 roof appeal. Since the launch of the appeal in November 2014, �45,000 has been raised from church members, local businesses & trusts. Photo by: Graeme Farrah // 06.10.2015
Picture L-R: David Wilcockson [Church Treasure], John Fisher [Appeal Chairman] & Max Robinson [Ernest Brigham Funeral Directors Ltd.] �500 donation from Ernest Brigham Funeral Directors towards the �50,000 roof appeal. Since the launch of the appeal in November 2014, �45,000 has been raised from church members, local businesses & trusts. Photo by: Graeme Farrah // 06.10.2015

The latest donations for St John’s Burlington Methodist Church roof appeal to stop the rot mean it has beaten its planned target of £50,000 in just seven months.

Ernest Brigham Funeral Directors Ltd have recently donated £500 and Bridlington Old Town Association donated£400, for what they say is an intergral community resource.

Revd, John Fisher, chairman of the roof appeal, said it was a remarkable achievement.

He said: “When the appeal was launched in Easter we gave ouselves two years to hit the target. To date we now have donated or pledged around £52,500, but as with all buildings like this we will always need more, it is an ongoing process.”

The total so far includes around £32,000 from the congregation, £11,500 from local organisations and businesses, and a grant of £5,000 from The Historic Churches Trust, with the remainder from various other sources including individuals.

The rapid success of the appeal means work on the interior dry rot has already been carried out and leaking ridge tiles were replaced in October.

“Scaffolding is already in place for all other major roof work and weather permitting that should be completed by the end of the year.

Max Robinson, Manager of Ernest Brigham Funeral Directors Ltd in St John’s Road, said: “We have always had a good relationship with St John’s and felt it would be a good thing to try and help the community.”