Island launches appeal to help fund the restoration of St Helen’s Church.

A FUNDRAISING drive is being held to raise £1.2million to restore a church on Lundy Island which has stood ‘as a beacon on the horizon’ for more than a century.

Extreme weather, a harsh marine environment and heavy rainfall has led to a deterioration of St Helen’s Church, which now needs urgent repair.

Island manager Derek Green said a steering group had been set up with the Landmark Trust, which manages Lundy, and the Church of England, which owns the church.

“We are hoping for some grant funding from the Heritage Lottery to re-roof the building and restore the walls and windows,” said Mr Green.

“We want to make it more of a useful building in terms of community use and somewhere visiting schools and groups can use in the event of bad weather.

“The church is one of the most historic and important buildings on the island - it’s like a beacon on the horizon as you approach.

“We hope people will support the restoration fund and with our lottery bid going in during August, we hope work can start in 2016.”

Anyone interested in donating can do so by sending a cheque payable to ‘The Lundy Fund’ to: The Lundy Fund – church roof appeal, c/o Lundy Shore Office, Bideford, EX39 2EY.