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£530raised of £500 target by 21 supporters

    Weʼve raised £530 to help restore the local church pipe organ which is "wheezing like a veritable nonagenarian!"

    St Mary & St Margaret Church Organ, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, B36 9DE England
    Funded on Thursday, 27th April 2017

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    I have been lucky enough to secure a place in the London Marathon for 2017 and I wanted to motivate myself by raising funds for a local worthy cause. The marathon distance is 26.2 miles and I would like people to sponsor me on one of two levels, 10 pence per mile or 20 pence per mile. I want people to motivate me run the race and not have to pay a fortune in doing so. I hope to persuade lots of people to sponsor me towards my target of £500.
    I was attending my local church just before Christmas for a candlelight service. The organ played by Martin Bates was so beautiful, traditional and fitting and it set the scene for a lovely service. Then Martin announced (yes, that's him and the choir in the picture),
    “Our poor old church organ is beginning to sound its age. In its present form it is about 90 years old and is wheezing like a veritable nonagenarian! It does its best to sound as it did in the 1920s but bits of it have stopped working and it won’t be long before more goes wrong. In church archives we recently discovered that when rebuilt in 1927, Peter Conacher of Huddersfield used a lot of pipes from a previous organ possibly dating from the 1820s. That means those pipes are almost 200 years old! Help us renovate our rare instrument so our children and grandchildren will still be able to enjoy the beautiful sounds craftsmen created in the past. There is nothing to beat a fine pipe organ at the heart of the music in church”.
    Following that service I visited other churches over the Christmas period that sadly no longer have organs and this made me feel even more committed to help keep our local church organ in working order as it enriches the services, including weddings, baptisms, funerals and civic services all available to the whole community. The total cost of refurbishment will be around £50,000! Here is how you can help me raise money.

    Thank you for anything thing you can do to help me.



    • Tony Jeffs2 years ago
      Tony Jeffs

      Tony Jeffs

      2 years ago
      Update from the Page owner

      I wanted to say a very big thank you to everyone who donated to my Marathon Effort. Your support and generosity have been brilliant and in total we have raised almost £2000. With Gift Aid with will be more like £2300. I really enjoyed the race and it has been enjoyable in running and raising funds for the local church organ fund. I wish Martin Bates the organist well with fund raising in the future. Warmest wishes. Tony Jeffs

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    • Tony Jeffs3 years ago
      Tony Jeffs

      Tony Jeffs

      3 years ago

      Thank you to everyone who has donated to my fundraising for the church organ. Peoples generosity has amazed and inspired me to run this marathon. I hope to raise my target figure of £500 online with just 4 weeks to go now. Please tell your friends and family especially if they know me. Thank you.

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    3 years ago

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    • Grace


      Apr 23, 2017

      Good luck Tony!


    • Paul Jackson

      Paul Jackson

      Apr 23, 2017

      Best of luck from Rachel and Paul Jackson and family.


    • Anonymous


      Apr 23, 2017

      Target reached go get them TonyGood luck x x

    • David Weeden

      David Weeden

      Apr 19, 2017

      Good luck for Sunday.I've finally made a donation towards your deflated organ!!Dave


    • Hollie Licence

      Hollie Licence

      Apr 17, 2017

      Good luck Tony - Go and do the youth group proud! Love from Julie, Hollie, Lucy and Kate

    • Victoria Jorden

      Victoria Jorden

      Apr 16, 2017

      Good luck Tony!


    • Yvonne Chapple

      Yvonne Chapple

      Apr 16, 2017

      Good Luck!Yvonne, Ben and Victoria


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    Tony Jeffs

    Tony Jeffs

    St Mary & St Margaret Church Organ, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, B36 9DE England

    I am a 56 year old male who loves running and I have been lucky enough to secure a place in the London Marathon 2017 on April 23rd. I want to ensure my effort in running 26.2 miles is put to a good local cause. The church organ is in desperate need of repair and I want to help.

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