Raunds church appeal benefits from outgoing mayor’s donation

Clr Pauline Williams (centre), with Maureen Windust, churchwarden at St Peter's Church in Raunds, and Claire Coles, regional fundraiser for Diabetes UK
Clr Pauline Williams (centre), with Maureen Windust, churchwarden at St Peter's Church in Raunds, and Claire Coles, regional fundraiser for Diabetes UK

The outgoing mayor of Raunds has handed over £1,000 to the appeal seeking to raise funds to restore a church in the town.

Cllr Pauline Williams also presented £1,000 to Diabetes UK, the other charity she has supported during her time in office.

Churchwarden Maureen Windust, who thanked Cllr Williams for the donation, said £90,000 had already been raised from organisations and individual donations.

But she added: “There is still a long way to go, and we would be most grateful to receive further gifts.”

Claire Coles, who accepted a cheque from Cllr Williams on behalf of Diabetes UK, said she was very grateful that her organisation had been chosen by the outgoing mayor.

Cllr Williams has said she chose to support the St Peter’s Church Appeal because of the importance of ensuring the future of such an important building.

She has a personal interest in Diabetes UK as her daughter is a diabetic nurse, and so became aware of the importance of the work of the organisation.

The bill for repairs to St Peter’s Church could be as high as £1 million. In March, MP Andy Sawford visited the church and pledged to find out whether Government money could be found to cover part of the cost.