Green giant helps raise roof at Sunderland church

(front from left) Lenny Thompson, Pastor Charlie Thompson, Max Recycling, Carol Thompson, (back) Danny Hunter, Christine Abernethy
(front from left) Lenny Thompson, Pastor Charlie Thompson, Max Recycling, Carol Thompson, (back) Danny Hunter, Christine Abernethy
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GREEN giant O’Brien Waste Recycling Solutions is helping a Sunderland church raise the roof.

St David’s Church in Farringdon needs work to its roof before the bad weather sets in once again, so members of the congregation have been working hard to raise funds.

Chris Abernethy from St David’s wracked her brain for ideas and, on hearing a neighbouring church had collected bottle tops for money, decided to encourage residents and church goers to do the same.

“I thought collecting bottle tops was a great idea as everyone would be able to get involved, but I didn’t really know what to do with them after that, so I contacted O’Brien’s to ask for some advice,” she said.

“I was delighted when they offered to donate some money to our roof fund in exchange for the bottle tops, and it really spurred everyone on to collect as many as they could.”

After just a few weeks, the church had several sacks full of bottle tops ready to be recycled.

But rather than sending a bin wagon to collect the sacks of bottle tops, the firm sent superhero mascot Max Recycling to meet Chris, Pastor Charlie Thompson and members of the local community.

Max handed over a cheque for £300 to Chris and Charlie before heading back to O’Brien’s Material Recycling Facility with the sacks of collected bottle tops.

Nathan O’Brien, director of waste management, said: “Collecting bottle tops was a great way for Chris to get everyone involved, and it also helps to highlight the importance of recycling.

“We were delighted to be able to help St David’s Church reach their fund-raising target and hope they raise enough money to get the work done to the roof very soon.”

Chris said: “The donation was a wonderful amount to boost our funds, but what was even more valuable to us as a church was the encouragement and time they gave us.”

The church, which has been running since 1974, holds a host of activities including a Monday card making session, coffee mornings, a youth club, music classes and self-awareness courses.

Anyone who would like to donate to St David’s Church Roof Fund, can contact the church on 272 7824.