Radio 1’s Chris backs campaign

The Rev Shena Bell at St Peter's Church, Raunds
The Rev Shena Bell at St Peter's Church, Raunds

A Radio 1 newsbeat reader will lend his support to a campaign to save a historic under-threat church at an event this weekend.

Chris Smith will attend the re-launch of the campaign to save St Peter’s Church in Raunds on Sunday, September 30.

The 800-year-old church is at risk of falling down in the years ahead if work is not carried out. It is in desperate need of repair after major cracks appeared throughout the west end of the building.

Movement in the south west corner is so severe that urgent underpinning is needed to save the building. A total of £48,000 has been raised so far, but a further £950,000 is required to meet the repair bill of around £1 million.

Chris, who is originally from Raunds, is not the only famous name lending his support to the campaign. Sir David Frost, whose father used to be a minister in Raunds, has also become a patron of the charity campaign to save the church.

Joan Jones, spokesman for the save St Peter’s committee, said: “We are delighted to have such high profile support.

“I had a long chat with Chris and he said he’s delighted to support the church. He said the thought of the church not being there brings him out in a cold sweat. We need to raise something in the region of £1m for the underpinning. We also want to improve the facilities at the church so that it can be used by the wider community and host social events.

“We desperately need the support of the people in Raunds and we need help from the community. The church is for the whole community, not just for the church-goers.”

People are invited to attend Sunday’s fundraising event, which starts at 11am.