Church fundraising ball raises £40,000
St Dionis Church, Parsons Green, recently hosted an ‘Enchanted Garden’ fundraising ball which raised £40,000 for the redevelopment project of the church. The ball, attended by 200 members of the congregation and local community, included a silent auction and raffle to raise money for The Living Space project, which will see the redevelopment of the church into a space that is welcoming, accessible, and flexible in order to meet the needs of the church members and the community.
The silent auction, hosted by Givergy, was launched a week in advance of the ball and was open for anyone to bid on big-ticket items including a stay for two in an apartment in Nice, a paintball day out for 10 people, and a week’s stay in a 14 person house in Coniston, Lake District. There was also a raffle on the night with 50 raffle prizes to be won.
All the money raised on the evening will go towards The Living Space Project, a three-stage redevelopment of St Dionis church. Phase 1 of the project is already complete and comprises a new set of railings around the perimeter of the church and a remodelled entrance from the Green to the church. The next phase plans to refurbish the reception area and create a flexible meeting space with kitchen facilities and new toilets, enabling the church to host more community groups and events.
The Revd Tim Stilwell, Vicar of St Dionis, is responsible for the Living Space project and is being supported by a committee made up members of the church’s governing board, the PCC, and members of the congregation. He said:
“We had a fantastic turnout for the ball which just goes to show the important role the church plays in bringing the community together. We’re so grateful to those who came along and took part in the auction and raffle to raise money for such a significant cause, as well as to Jessie Helyar at Conker events for organising the whole evening.
“St Dionis is a thriving church in the heart of Parsons Green with a diverse and growing membership and long-standing connections to the local community. The Living Space Project aims to reflect that the church is a space open to everyone, to use and enjoy with other people. The project’s purpose is to create that space and we’re excited to press on with the next phase using the generous donations from the night to leverage more funding.”
Photos Credited to Cameron Blair.