AN ANCIENT church in Leamington – destroyed by fire – is one step closer to restoration thanks to a local Sikh charity.
St Nicholas Church has stood in Radford Semele for more than 1,000 years – but in 2008 the building was razed to the ground by a huge blaze.
St Nicholas Church has been raising money to help rebuild the church from the Radford Semele Restoration Fund.
Gursewak Trust – a charitable organisation who are members of the Leamington and Warwick Sikh Congregation – has donated £1,000 towards the church’s fundraising target.
The donation means the church is now two-thirds of their way towards the fundraising total.
Iain Goddard, from chartered accountants, Harrison Beale and Owen, in Coventry and Leamington, has partnered with Gursewak Trust’s board, and praised their work.Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/united-kingdom/35922-sikh-charity-helps-st-nicks-rise.html
He said: “As a firm HB&O has handled the accounts for Leamington and Warwick’s Gurdwara since before it was even built in 2008.
“As a result I was invited to join the board of just five trustees when the Gursewak Trust was established last year, and it was a real honour to be asked.”
“The Trust raised the money through gift aid, and decided the St Nicholas Church in Radford Semele Restoration Fund would be a brilliant cause to contribute to, as not only is there the religious link, but this historic church is very important to a large number of people in the local community.”
Church vicar, Reverend Martin Green, is delighted by the support the appeal has received.
He said: “It has been fantastic to see the amount of people who have been prepared to con-tribute to our cause, and restore the church.”
“People often look to the differences between religious groups for ways to set them apart, but this generous donation demonstrates that there are more similarities than differences, and that those involved are always looking for ways to help the local community.”
“Our fundraising target is almost ever-changing because of financial issues, but this contribution puts us two-thirds of the way there, and with a recent rise in awareness, and we are getting closer to the point where we can begin work on the restoration.”Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=35922
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