A CHURCH has launched an ambitious campaign to raise more than £200,000 for a new roof.

All Saints Church hopes to raise £231,302 for a badly needed roof, through a project launched on Sunday, September 4.

Mr Paul Donovan, chairman of the roof restoration committee, said: “When the heavens open, which is fairly frequently in Barry, the roof leaks and we have tarpaulin and strategically placed buckets throughout the church to capture the water.

"The project aims to turn these ‘raindrops from heaven’ into ‘pennies from heaven’ to restore the church roof enabling All Saints’ to showcase the richness in heritage, along with the building’s diversity of community use."

The church, which has one of Barry town's largest congregations and holds three Sunday services, hopes that the people of Barry will help with the "difficult" task ahead.

Ann Parish, an aunt of a parishioner, said: "This is going to be an enormous and testing time for the church.

"But, as I told my niece, I've heard and read of other churches successfully raise similar amounts of money so I know All Saints can do the same.

"If the church is going to raise the necessary funds, it will need people from all over to help out."

The campaign, which has already raised £10,250 for the cause, will put on a range of activities to further boost the raised sum, including one off donations and sponsoring a roof slate at £5 in memory of people who have died.

A parishioner said: "My friend and I are planning on running book and food stores once a month to raise money.

"We are all doing as much as we can to raise the money."

Members of the roof restoration committee submitted on June 10 an heritage lottery fund application of £100,000 and are currently awaiting a decision.

For anyone who wishes to donate to or find out additional information of the Roof Restoration Project, contact Father Kevin lake on 01446 701206