Approximately 250 people use the community facilities at Ilkeston United Reformed Church located near the ‘top of town’ each week, all are now set to benefit after the church has been awarded £27,638.36 from FCC Communities Foundation to carry out essential ‘weather proofing’ works.

The work will consist of replacing failed gutters, hoppers and downpipes as well as essential repairs and is estimated to cost £75,000. This much needed work has arisen due to the age of the building. The funding will enable work to be carried out to put the facility in great shape for future generations.

In addition to the church’s own fundraising efforts and the help and support of the users, grant have also been awarded from the Garfield Weston Foundation £7,500 and the Congregational and General Charitable Trust £13,500.

Church member Roger Allen said “We have always tried to keep the building in good order but without help of FCC Communities Foundation we couldn’t have entertained a project on this scale. The work required is unspectacular but essential: it’s about keeping the rain out and making sure it stays out! We cannot thank the funders enough”

Work is due to start in early 2020 and should be completed within 4 months. The building will remain operational however parking will be unavailable.