Church gets ‘secret gift’ of £28,000

Scenesetter'Queen Street Methodist Church'Picture by Neil Silk  112467b'17/06/11
Scenesetter'Queen Street Methodist Church'Picture by Neil Silk 112467b'17/06/11

A GOOD Samaritan has given more than £28,000 to a Scarborough church in urgent need of repairs.

The identity of the woman benefactor is known but she had specified before she died that she wished it to remain secret.

Queen Street Methodist Central Hall was left £28,438, it was revealed at the church’s general meeting.

It is understood that other donations of several thousands of pounds were also left in her will.

In the Central Hall June newsletter, it is stated: “A very kind lady has left us a bequest and a large sum of money has been made available to us.

“We are now in a position to update our property, having received the huge sum for which we are so very grateful.”

Allan Dunnington, church publicist, added: “We were all at a church meeting and it was announced that some kind person had left us this money. We do need a lot of money to keep the place running.”

The money at the church is particularly welcome, with the venue losing more than £6,000 between September last year and May 23.

More than £8,000 is needed to replace the church’s sound system, £5,000 is needed to replace chairs in the lower hall, a refurbishment of the ladies’ toilets will cost more than £2,000 and a repair to a section of the flat roof will cost between £6,300 and £8,600. Loft insulation at the historic building will cost a little under £3,000, while damp work in the cottage will cost more than £1,000.

Money is also needed to replace heaters and dryers, the church’s exterior entrance needs to be redecorated and work needs to be done on the church’s organ.

In the newsletter it is stated: “Unfortunately with a building the size of the Central Hall, there is always something cropping up which needs to be done.

“We cannot always afford to pay for extra works from our normal income and often have to delay taking action.

“We need generous givers to help us meet budget commitments. Currently, with a downturn in weekly giving and an increase in fuel bills, we are running on a £6,000 deficit.”