WOMEN put on their Easter bonnets and children brought along decorated eggs for a service for the congregation of St John’s Church, Accring-ton, on Sunday.
The service was held in St Christopher’s High School, the church’s temporary home until it is able to re-open after repairs.
The historic church houses the Accrington Pals Memorial Cha-pel, which we have launched a £50,000 fund-raising campaign to save.
The total raised currently stands at £27,373, with cash coming this week from the sale of cards, pens and keyrings.
An anonymous £25 donation was received at the Observer offices, along with £15 to Bill with love from Ruth.
Several major events are now in the pipeline including an evening with antiques expert Eric Knowles and the annual Big Walk organised by Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary Club, in which several church members are taking part.
Meanwhile, Caroline Lees is still seeking sponsors for her London Marathon run on 13 April. She can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or sponsorship pledges can be sent to the Observer offices.
l Accrington coffee shop Moccachinos raised over £100 for the Aspire appeal.
In the run-up to Easter, the Abbey Street shop held a raffle for goodies, including Fairtrade Eas-ter eggs and other treats, and brought in £110 for the campaign.
Lindsey Curley, a partner in the business, said: "We decided to raise money because it seemed like a great cause.
"It’s a beautiful building and important to Accrington.
"The raffle winner, Mrs Shaw, isn’t one of our regular customers and we are still trying to get in touch with her."