Weʼre raising £1,000 to make initial renovations to the east side of Distington Churchyard.
- Distington, Workington, UK
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Over the last few decades, the east side of Distington Churchyard - the side used during the early Victorian period and beforehand - has been terribly neglected, to the point where the area is overgrown with vegetation, including 10-feet-tall bushes of ivy that have completely covered once-beautiful headstones and gradually damaged them to the point where bases have broken and inscriptions have been chipped away.
I am a Cemetery Development Contractor who has taken on the task of clearing the east side of the churchyard so it looks presentable again after all of this time. I dedicate one afternoon a week to this work, alongside my labouring assistant, and, when he’s unavailable, a fantastic team of stand-ins who are all hard-working young people with can-do attitudes and a desire to contribute to their community.
However, such a project isn‘t cheap. Aside from the employee wages that I pay (£10 per hour), the less-damaged headstones need to be restored, and this includes things such as new foundations that comply to modern safety standards; deep cleans; and re-lettering. It may be too late for the more damaged headstones, but a lucky few can still be saved and made to look (just about) good as new again.
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Thank you so much for taking on this task. I'm contributing in memory of my ancestors who lived in the area around 1880-1910+.
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