A MAJOR fund-raising appeal which aims to secure the future of one of Evesham’s biggest landmarks is significantly close to reaching its £500,000 target.
The Bell Tower appeal, which was launched in the summer of last year, is just around £30,000 away from the finishing line after another rally of donations ended a successful 2014 for the committee.
The popular appeal received a huge boost on Tuesday (December 16) with news of a £10,000 grant from the National Churches Trust while a further £3,000 from The Idlewild Trust has also been secured.
And as well as those funds the appeal reaped the full benefits from being the main beneficiary of this year’s Evesham Vale 10K race when it formally received a cheque for £3,400.
The donation, which was presented to appeal chairman Dr Sue Ablett from race organisers Robert Hale and Colin Tether, is the largest from any club or group in Evesham.
Mrs Ablett said: “While the end is now very clearly in sight, there can be no let up in the fundraising efforts until the total of £500,000 is achieved.
“A number of events are being planned for 2015 and it is certainly not too late for any local club, society or business, or individual, who would like to organise a fundraising event for the Appeal, to get in touch.”
Anyone wishing to get involved should email Sue Ablett on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07871 285606.