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  • Mystery donor’s grand gesture

    Henry James

    AN anonymous benefactor who saw the Champion’s article about vandalism at a Dalton church has come forward and given £1,000 of the £2,000 leaders need to install CCTV at the site.

    Last week we reported on how vandals had targeted St Michael and All Angels Church on Higher Lane and smashed eight outside lights and two leaded windows, as well as damaging a memorial bench.

    But following our story Janice Bainbridge, whose husband is the church warden at St Michael and All Angels, was shocked when she came out of a church service last Friday and a man placed £1,000, in cash, in her hand.

    She said: “A man walked up the church path and came up to me and said he had seen the article and was disgusted. He gave me £1,000 in cash and said ‘put this towards the CCTV appeal’. I was a bit taken aback at first.

    “He said he lived in Ashurst and was shocked by the vandalism. He is not a regular churchgoer but said that whenever there is a family wedding, they use our church. We are very grateful for his donation.”

    Church leaders are hoping to raise the other £1,000 as quickly as possible and will make appeals during church services.

    An electrician from Dalton has fixed the eight outside lights, free of charge, and plans are in place to repair the leaded windows.

    Anyone with any information about the vandalism, is asked by Skelmersdale Police to call 101 and quote the crime reference number SB1803846.

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