THE CONGREGATION and friends of St. George’s Church in Upper Cam are celebrating after completing the towering achievement of raising £68,000 to save an important part of the building.

The appeal started in the spring of 2012 and aimed to raise the funds necessary for essential repairs to the 14th century church tower.

The money has been raised through a combination of fund raising activities, private donations and grants, including one of £10,000 from the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust and another £13,000 pledged from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust with landfill tax contributions donated by Cory Environmental.

A recent initiative called ‘Gift Sunday’ also raised almost £6,000 from personal donations made by the congregation.

Spokesman for the Appeal Steering Group Richard Elliott said: “For a small parish church to raise the massive sum of £68,000 within two years has been a magnificent achievement.

“We are hugely grateful to everyone who has organised, run or attended events and to the many kind individuals who have donated money to the appeal – often anonymously.

“The work we will be carrying out on the tower will be important in ensuring that the church continues for many years to come as an important focal point in the parish.”

Mr Elliott also thanked the 11 organisations that had provided the church with grants.

St George’s Church is a Grade One listed building of great historical and religious significance, having been built by Lord Berkeley in 1349 during the reign of Edward III.