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Weʼre raising £5,000 to Help raise funds urgently needed for emergency repairs to the badly eroded roof of Cawthorne All Saints Church.

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Raising for the Roof

Cawthorne Church where I was married, my son christened and where my wife's ancestors have frequented over many generations has fallen foul to age and the elements.

What was initially a guttering repair has escalated into a major structural costly repair. We have had scaffolding and temporary roof coverings in place for most of this year due to investigative work, which has sadly proven our worst fears. The extent of the rot and damage, together with the issues related to the church being a listed building, has escalated the cost dramatically to £92,000.

Please spare a moment and read on because if the work cannot be completed before the winter sets in, the roof will remain exposed to the elements which could result in further unaffordable damage to the structure, interior and most importantly the church organ.

We are a victim of the times with the world suffering with the economic and health impacts of Covid 19. Simply put the church does not have anywhere near the funds to save it. It is with this in mind that I have decided at short notice and due to social distancing and shielding, that I will undertake a long distance charity run. Setting off from Cawthorne All Saints Church on Sunday 23rd August 2020, I will run 9.2 miles away from the church, put on a church roof costume and run back to the church, totalling 18.4 miles.

Although fit and healthy and having done a few half marathons in my life I have never attempted to run further, due to the effect on my joints...... because as a young child for 3 years I wore calipers due to Perthes disease and fear my joints might suffer too much.

So I'm training as hard as I can over the next 4 weeks and knowing that a friend of mine connected to the church is facing their own personal health battle, I'm using that to inspire me and push me to do this challenge. Every penny I raise will help this church and its desperate cause.

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  • Jonathan Bell17 days ago
    Jonathan Bell

    Jonathan Bell

    17 days ago

    The "Raising for the roof" team! I couldn't have done it without them. Thankyou to everyone who has supported me on this appeal. We are not there yet but this benefit run has brought us a big step closer. Thank you all once again!

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  • Jonathan Bell17 days ago
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    Jonathan Bell

    17 days ago

    So here we are at the end of the run. Utterly shattered. When I turned the corner for the last stretch, to be greeted by the cheering on of the wellwishers, was very immotional and it spurned me on for a last minute push! The finish could not have come soon enough and every step on the last few miles was earning every, greatfully received, donated penny!

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  • Jonathan Bell17 days ago
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    Jonathan Bell

    17 days ago

    The costume became rather cumbersome and was really difficult to get into any form of decent running stride. Fortunatley I was assisted by a team which I became so grateful for in the end. Taking the weight, while I moved my arms for a few seconds was like paradise in the end! They kept me going with encouragement and help with my drinks and nutrition. Every step became tougher and tougher but I kept thinking "one small step for me is one giant step for Rev. Maureen"!

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Page last updated on: 9/13/2020 11.48

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Sep 12, 2020

    Well done Jon👍

    £20.00

  • Liz Eyre

    Liz Eyre

    Aug 29, 2020

    Congratulations Jon, knew you could it!🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️ Love The Eyre’s x

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 25, 2020

    Congratulations on a job well done. many thanks for your effort.Trish

    £20.00

  • Tony & Cynthia

    Tony & Cynthia

    Aug 25, 2020

    Well done Jonathan. A fantastic thought and an even more fantastic effort.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 24, 2020

    £40.00

  • Beck Saxton

    Beck Saxton

    Aug 24, 2020

    Fantastic achievement for a very worthy cause. Well done.

    £10.00

  • Stanley Bytheway

    Stanley Bytheway

    Aug 23, 2020

    Well done Jonathan you are doing great ! Fond memories of Cawthorne.

    £20.00

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