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A work in progress; Church appeals for help with tokens.

Byline: LINDSEY MUSSETT

A MEDIEVAL church is wishing for the help of readers to truly bring it into the 21st century.

Egglescliffe Parish Church recently completed a pounds 260,000 project to update the building, creating better access, an extension for toilet and kitchen facilities, plus essential maintenance such as new electrical wiring and a boiler.

But it still has a distance to go and church leaders are hoping Evening Gazette readers will help them to finally complete the three years of work by sending in their Wish tokens.

The Wish campaign gives organisations the chance to claim a share of pounds 30,000 depending on the number of tokens collected.

Church treasurer David Bate hopes the Wish tokens will go a long way to putting in the final touches to the project.

He said: "When you put in new facilities, there are all the little bits that go with it, such as toilet roll and soap holders, a kettle, pots and pans.

"We've brightened up the church, flattened the floor to allow for better disabled and pushchair access and created a storage space in the loft.

"We get brides during weddings who may have travelled a long way but until now, we didn't have a toilet they could use. And now when they go to sign the register in the vestry there's space for the photographer to do their thing.

"We hold a children's group every Tuesday and now there is a carpeted area where they can sit and a utility area where drinks can be made."

The church has entered the Wish campaign for the past two years and hopes to build on its success this time. Mr Bate said: "It's been very useful. We hope Wish will help us to fit it out and finish the job off properly."

* To help Egglescliffe Parish Church, send tokens to David Bate, 9 The Pines, Yarm, TS15 9EW.

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APPEAL: Egglescliffe Parish Church, right, has signed up for the Wish campaign for the third year running SUPPORT OUR CHURCH: Members of Egglescliffe Parish Church's playgroup, left, are hoping people will support the church in this year's Wish Campaign, where they will receive a share of the pounds 30,000 prize fund Picture by DOUG MOODY
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 8, 2009
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