TWO anonymous donations of £100 head this week’s fund-raising effort to save the Accrington Pals’ Memorial Chapel situated in the beautiful and historic St John’s Church.
A total of £567 has been received at the Observer offices, along with £114 from the sale of Christmas cards, £16 from the sale of Pals CDs and £47 from a collection box on our front counter.
As we went to press the appeal total stood at £6,330 after just a month.
We are aiming to raise £50,000 to save the Pals’ Chapel and the church in which it is based.
The appeal has been supported by Hyndburn Council leaders, Greg Pope MP and the Royal British Legion.
The 143-year-old church on Addison Street has been temporarily closed because of electrical faults.
Our target of £50,000 would guarantee its immediate future and an application has been made to English Heritage to meet the rest of the estimated £140,000 repair costs for the Grade II listed building.
The Pals’ Chapel was established in 1992 and a service has been held there every year since.
The week’s donations in full were from: Mrs L Cross in memory of Brian Spedding £10; Ida West £40; Joyce Rayton £20: Anon £10; Anon £100; Mrs Chadwick £10; Lily Manddiak £30; Eric Smith £55; Mrs P Haworth £10; Anon £100; Memories of mum £30; Miss W McKenna £25; Kathleen Ellison £10; Anon £7; Anon £100.