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A much-loved Gateshead church is to share in a £2 million funding pay-out from the National Churches Trust, thanks to the support of the government’s Heritage Stimulus Fund.

A £200,970 Grant will help fund work to St Chad and keep the church at the heart of the local community.

Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust said: “I’m delighted that the National Churches Trust has been able to award St Chad, Bensham a grant of £200,970 thanks to the support of the Heritage Stimulus Fund, which is part of the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.

“The grant will facilitate roof repairs, safeguarding unique local heritage and help St Chad continue to support local people as we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The repairs to the roof demand re-roofing four separate structures, timber repairs and high-level re-pointing and re-leading. The funding will enable St Chad’s to complete this work, preventing high-level water ingress and protecting the building and interior.

The maintenance of St Chad’s is key due to its role in the community, partnering with the Best of Bensham Collaborative – a network of 32 voluntary organisations.  

Duncan Wilson, Historic England’s Chief Executive, said: “Funding from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund is hugely welcome at a time when the people and organisations who look after our vast and varied array of heritage urgently need support to carry out essential repairs.

“Heritage is a fragile eco-system, with an amazing cast of characters who keep our historic places alive, with specialist skills that take time to learn and experience to perfect. These grants will protect their livelihoods, as they use their expertise to help our heritage survive.” 

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