York & North Yorkshire

York church knits roof to raise money

A church in York is trying to raise money by knitting an "imaginary roof" after thieves stole lead from its roof.

The Reverend Jane Nattrass said St Olave's Church had been targeted three times in recent months so they were trying to raise £30,000 for repairs.

She is asking people to take part in a sponsored knit, creating 10cm squares, which would then be sewn together to create a large blanket.

Ms Nattrass said £3,000 had been raised so far.

"You never never know until it rains whether the lead has gone," she said.

"We lost 80% of the chancel roof and a few weeks ago 20sq metres of the nave. The damage was £50,000, including the organ."

'Wrapping up church'

Ms Nattrass said the insurance company had paid £20,000, but it needed to cover the deficit through fund-raising.

"One of the most imaginative ideas that came forward was to knit a covering for the roof," the reverend said.

"Somebody will then sew them together, an expanse the size of the roof, not that we're going to put it on, but in our imaginations we'll be wrapping up our church to keep it warm.

"We'll then make the squares into blankets and send them abroad to people who need them more than we do."

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