VISITORS to Leamington’s All Saints’ Parish will be given the warmest of welcomes this winter after a donation from the town’s flagship annual running event helped it to restore a vital community space.
A four-figure donation from the Leamington Round Table has enabled the Victoria Terrace church to completely refurbish the heating system in its café and meeting space to combat cold weather in the coming months.
The donated funds were raised from a combination of entry fees and sponsorship from those who kindly waived their right to a refund from last year’s Wright Hassall Leamington Regency 10K Run, which was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Temperatures in the café rarely rose above 14 degrees celsius last winter, but the grant has ensured there will be a warm place for its support groups to convene this time around after paying for the boiler to be replaced and the central heating system to be flushed.
Among the beneficiaries of the church’s improved heating capabilities will be The All Saints’ Parish Church’s elderly support group and LGBT+ social events, those attending antenatal classes and toddler groups, as well as anyone in need of a warm, comfortable place to spend an evening.
Father Christopher Wilson, vicar of All Saints’ Parish Church, said: “While the new heating system will be extremely beneficial to the range of community support groups hosted at the church, it will also mean we can welcome more people who may not have the same facilities at home on colder days and nights.
“As Covid-19 restrictions are lifted we will be relaunching a number of social groups and events, so we are extremely fortunate that we can now offer these people an added level of comfort when they come to join us in the café.
“What the funds have enabled is incredibly valuable for the local community, and All Saints’ Parish Church is extremely grateful for the support provided by the Leamington Round Table and the Wright Hassall Regency Run.”
The Wright Hassall Leamington Regency 10K Run, which is entering its 18th year, is taking place on Sunday September 19.
For more information about this year’s Wright Hassall Leamington Regency 10K Run, visit www.regency10k.co.uk