Campaign hopes to save Sunderland Church
Written by Ethan Lowerson-Marshall on 13th February 2018
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to save a historic Sunderland church from collapse.
Holy Trinity Church, located on Church Street East in the East End of Sunderland, is nearly 300 years old and now the structure of the building is at risk.
The building itself is no longer used for regular religious services but in the past the church was at the heart of Sunderland and also offered community services and housed the city’s first public library.
The Grade I listed building is now maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust who are now trying to raise funds to save the building from disrepair.
Should they raise the vital funds needed to make the building structural sound its hoped the space will be transform it into a vibrant cultural and community space.
The church has already put forward a bid for Heritage Lottery Funding and in the meantime are working to raise a further £50,000 and have successful reached £30,000 through public donations.
In 2015, £3.6m of Heritage Lottery Funding helped The Canny Space project get underway which aimed to bring the building back to public usage.
The Canny Space project wants residents to engage with grassroots heritage and history, while giving the church a renewed purpose
Now the Church Conservation Trust has launched its first crowdfunding campaign as a final push to achieve what it’s plans for Sunderland’s Holy Trinity Church.
They’re now asking people to spread the message of the Thunderclap with #SendLoveToSunderland and help with donations.
All the details on the Thunderclap and how to support it are available here.