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Blackpool church facing closure desperately pleads for donations

Marton Methodist Church needs about £10,000 to survive, with the church booking secretary selling items on eBay to try to keep it open. 

Like all churches, it closed in March and lost out on money earnt from hall bookings from groups like Rainbows and Cubs, a wind band and exercise classes. 

The church itself runs a coffee morning for the elderly, afternoon tea, a women's group and a toddler group but needs roof repairs as well as funds for the day-to-day running of the building. 

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it looks like the church will not last much into the New Year. 

Lavinia Buckley, the church's booking secretary, told The Blackpool Gazette: "Currently, we are looking at the closure of the church next month due to the lack of finances."

She has appealed to people on Facebook to donate DVDs, CDs, books and any items they don't want so they can be sold online. 

She said: "Our coffee mornings and Cameo club brought in around 40 to 50 people each week. It's not just the sadness of the church having to close but this building is a lifeline for many people in the Marton area.

"We have not been able to get support from the local council and I have even been selling items on eBay to raise some funds to try and keep it open. I have raised more than £300 but it's just not enough."

She has launched a Just Giving page aiming for £2,000. 

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