‘Substantial’ grant helps Little Chapel restoration
RESTORATION work on the Little Chapel will restart thanks to a ‘substantial’ grant from the Covid-19 community charity appeal.
The Little Chapel Foundation lost considerable income during the lockdown and the ongoing lack of visitors.
Following a donation from the Social Investment Fund, urgent repair work can now resume to fix areas damaged by water coming in at the front of the Chapel.
Investigations are being carried out into the chapel’s structural support in case the root of the problem is a large hole.
After that foundation work is resolved, tree surgeons will be employed to take down a number of large dead trees.
Fundraising officer for the Foundation, Jack Honeybill was delighted that the Social Investment Fund had stepped in to help because the chapel’s available reserves were almost exhausted.
‘They were most supportive knowing how much income we lost this year compared with 2019 and eventually I was invited to apply which has enabled us to take action which we hope will go some way towards completing the work before next season.
‘I am delighted that we are considered an essential part of the community and we will continue in future our strategy to make the iconic visitor attraction a safe and tranquil place to visit.’
This year will be particularly memorable one for the Little Chapel Foundation because as well as the global pandemic, an open planning meeting is scheduled for later this summer into the application to create an interpretation centre and make the site wheelchair-accessible.