A CHURCH near Ashbourne is the focus of an appeal to raise money for essential repairs and renovation work.
Christ Church, in Hulland, is in desperate need of an upgraded path, repointed stonework and the war memorial cleaned.
Appeal co-ordinator and deputy church warden Steve Dunning said: "Since it was built in 1838, Christ Church and the ministry given to the community have been paid for from donations from parishioners and occasional fund-raising events, such as flower festivals.
"Successive generations have taken care of the church building and the churchyard and it is now up to us to carry on their good work.
"If we don't, then the church will fall into disrepair.
"Most people would agree that the parish church, and the churchyard, where many generations of families are interred, are really important to the community.
"The church path repair and repointing are estimated to cost £10,000 each and the war memorial cleaning will be about £500.
"It costs about £23,000 a year just to maintain the church and its services so, when major capital works need doing, we have to raise extra funds.
"We have reserves which will go towards some of the costs and we are grateful to have received three small grants.
"But we still need to raise the bulk of the money from public donations."
A gift day will be held on Saturday. People can take their donations to the church between 10am and 4pm.
Donations can also be mailed to The Treasurer, Christ Church, Beeston Farm, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 3EQ.