LANCASHIRE Probation Service has joined our Aspire campaign to save the Accrington Pals Memorial Chapel housed in St John’s Church, Accrington.
Offenders serving community orders have already been set to do unpaid gardening work to help restore the church grounds to their former glory.
Teams of up to six people at a time are clearing the overgrowth and will eventually help decorate the inside of the church to make it as attrractive as possible.
The probation service’s community payback placement coordinator, Cathy Johnson, said: "When we saw the Observer’s Aspire campaign, we knew we had to do what we could as it’s such an historical landmark in Accrington.
"The offenders working at St John’s are getting the chance to work in the community to pay back for their crimes, and hopefully the tidied-up environment will help raise even more money for the campaign to save the church."
The Aspire team said: "It’s wonderful that our campaign is reaching out to so many people. It will be a positive step for Aspire, for the offenders and for the community we all serve. We are very grateful and we hope it is the beginning of a long and worthwhile partnership."
l The appeal total now stands at £30,850 after an anonymous donation of £50 was received this week.
A reminder that tickets are now on sale at our Blackburn Road offices for an Elvis night at the Accrington Stanley Sports Bar from 8pm a week tomorrow, Saturday 10 May.
Joe Garon is excellent as Elvis and supper is included in the £5 ticket price. There will also be a bottle raffle and other activities at the adults-only evening.
The following day several supporters of the appeal will be taking part in the big 10-mile charity walk along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath from Clayton-le-Moors to Burnley, organised by Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary Club.
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