Gala dinner raises Peterborough church repair funds

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Gala dinner raises Peterborough church repair funds

A red carpet fundraising evening has raised £4,000 towards the £1.3m needed to repair structural damage at St Peter and All Soul’s church in Peterborough.

Representatives of the Diocese of East Anglia, parish priests and parishioners enjoyed a gala dinner and dance at the West Thorpe Wood Holiday Inn hotel in Peterborough on July 1 to raise funds to repair church buildings which have suffered structural damage.

Fundraising coordinator, Charles Benjamin, said: “The evening attracted the presence of and full participation of the different communities constituting the parish in a colourful evening of food and dance.

“The highlight of the musical entertainment was the playing of cellos by two parishioners, Charlotte McAuliffe and eight-year-old Allegra Benjamin, (pictured above). The Filipino community performed Tinikling Bamboo Dance. We also had a live band, the Watson & Bright Trio  and a DJ.

As well as enjoying a three-course meal and drinks, participants were thrilled, entertained and exposed to history and spirituality raising £4,000,” said Benjamin.

“The actual sum needed to accomplish the repair of the structural damage is £1.3m. The repairs are imperative because of the historic significance of the parish to Peterborough and the great services it renders to the city.”

You can see a video picture gallery of the evening here: