Join conservations on island and help support £400,000 fundraising campaign to save St Helen’s Church

An open day is being held on Lundy as part of a major fundraising appeal to save the island's crumbling St Helen's Church.

A special MS Oldenburg sailing is departing from Ilfracombe at 10am on Sunday, September 25, returning at 6pm.

Tickets are £25 and a family ticket is available for £65.

Time is ticking on a £400,000 fundrasing appeal - money needed November to help trigger a £850,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant. Around £30,000 has been raised so far.

A fundraising appeal has been launched to help restore St Helen's Church on Lundy. Picture: ContributedA fundraising appeal has been launched to help restore St Helen's Church on Lundy. Picture: Contributed

The 120-year-old church is in need of urgent restoration, with repairs to the roof, walls and floor all needed.

Funding will also help develop the interior of the church to provide educational facilities for schools.

BBCs Coast presenter, professor Mark Horton, has lent his support to the appeal.

The Lundy enthusiast and Bristol University archaeology professor, is a regular visitor to the island.

He said: "St Helen's Church is one of the icons of Lundy and indeed the Bristol Channel, and it would be unthinkable to let it fall into a ruin.

"It may have been a mad idea to build it in the first place, but a very sensible one now to restore it to its former glory.

"The open day is a wonderful opportunity for people to experience the true wonder of Lundy and to visit St Helen's Church and see just how special it is and the extent of the work that needs to be done.

"The St Helen's Church Centre Appeal is crucial for the survival of this wonderful building; please support it - all contributions however large or small will make a real difference."

More details of the appeal can be found here.