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Christmas funding boost for Sacred Heart, Howden

19th December 2016

Christmas funding boost for Sacred Heart, Howden Christmas funding boost for Sacred Heart, Howden

Sacred Heart, Howden is set to benefit from a £596,000 rescue funding package from the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church repair and support charity.


The church has been awarded a £14,000 National Churches Trust Repair Grant to fund urgent roof and gutter repairs. The works are required to make the building watertight and enable it to be used more widely by the local community.


Top of the 2016 list of funding requests received by the charity include repairs to roofs, stonework and drainage and the provision of toilets and kitchens. 


Broadcaster and Journalist Huw Edwards, Vice-President of the National Churches Trust said:


“I'm delighted that this Christmas the future of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Howden is being safeguarded by a National Churches Trust grant to help fund a project to carry out urgent roof repairs.”


“Sacred Heart Church was built 1850-52 to the designs of the Architect J. A. Hansom of York, famed for his design of the Hansom Cab and the funding will help ensure that this historic church can continue to serve local people for many years to come.”


“Churches and chapels are some of the UK's best loved buildings. But their future is not guaranteed.”  


“This Christmas, when people visit a church or chapel for a carol service or even just walk past a church on the way to do the Christmas shopping, I urge them to think about how they can help ensure that churches can remain open and in good repair.”


“Everyone can make a contribution to the future of the UK's church and chapel buildings. That could be by helping to clear drains and gutters to help keep churches watertight or by keeping an eye out for vandals or thieves.”


“Churches and chapels may be historic buildings, but they can be part of our future, too.”