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Crewe students rewire Sandbach church free of charge

A team of students have saved a congregation thousands of pounds by rewiring their church free of charge.

Electrical installation students from South Cheshire College rewired Sandbach Heath Methodist Church.

The church, which was built in 1902, had been facing a bill of more than £10,000 for the work.

But the students spent two weeks installing new electrical fixtures and fittings and rewiring to gain experience and help their community.

'Absolutely delighted'

The group, accompanied by lecturer Richard Lunt, linked up with local firm Cunningham Electrics to carry out the work.

The church minister Reverend Kim Stilwell said: "This has been a completely win-win situation for ourselves and the students because we have had the church rewired and students have gained valuable experience at the same time.

"We are absolutely delighted with what the students have done and the way they have approached the job in such a professional manner."

Student Jordan Readdin, 16, of Crewe, said: "The project has been fun. It has been a fantastic experience and I have learnt a lot from it which helps me with my course."

The college is now asking other community groups in need of help with similar projects to get in touch.

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