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Donation Aids Church’s Campaign

11 July 2014

Members of a west London church congregation are a little closer to keeping warm during services following a donation from Costain.

Harlesden Baptist church, which is approaching its 125th anniversary next year, has suffered a complete failure of its heating system. Ripping out the failed system and replacing it will cost around £28,000, a figure that the church has been struggling to find.

So far, the congregation of what is known locally as ‘The Community Church’ because of its activities in the district, has managed to raise half the necessary sum. Work on replacing the old boiler and heating system has begun, but the church is having to pay for the work in instalments, as and when it can find sufficient funds.

Patricia Walker, Assistant Administration Manager on the London Power Tunnels project, is a member of the church and has been involved in the fund-raising efforts.

“It’s for a very good cause,” said Patricia. “The church is very proactive in the community, with activities such as community lunch meetings for the elderly and after-school clubs for youngsters.

“I approached Costain because we have a Community Chest and managed to raise £1000 – half from the Community Chest and half from the London Power Tunnels project,” said Patricia. To help matters along further, Balfour Beatty, which is a subcontractor on the project, has agreed to mirror Costain’s donation, which will add another £1000 to the church’s funds.

Patricia was among the Costain representatives who handed over the initial cheque for £1000 to church’s minister, Rev. Cornelius Weathermere-Thompson Pastor and the church’s accountant Seymour Williamson at the LPT site’s education centre in Willesden, west London.

The church hopes to get closer to its financial target with further fund-raising events later this year.




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