The Steering Group behind a campaign to save an iconic church building from ruin have teamed up with pupils from Castlehead High School, Paisley to launch a “Buy a Brick” project, which they hope will help raise up to £50,000 for their cause.
The 100 Days to Save Coats Memorial campaign, which launched on 1 February 2019 intends to raise £1.5m to save Paisley’s Coats Memorial Church from closing its doors.
Students from Castlehead High School are lending their time and skills to create 500 engraved plaques which will be available to the public to buy for £100 each.
The plaques will be mounted on the entrance wall within the Church Building where they will stay, commemorating the many people who donated their time and money to save this architectural treasure.
Ian Henderson, Coats Memorial Steering Group member said: “I am proud to be in a position to work with the students from Castlehead High School on this campaign. Coats Memorial is a church that was created to enhance our community. Thousands of people have passed through its doors to celebrate life’s biggest events and we hope it can continue to serve as community space for everyone to enjoy.
“These plaques have been designed to an incredibly high specification. The pupils have really done us proud.”
The campaign has already raised over £34,000 in just 27 days. The “Buy a Brick” project is one of many initiatives that the Steering Group have planned in order to make the fundraising goal a reality.
Coats Memorial is open to the public every Saturday from 12noon until 4pm for the duration of the campaign.
To fundraise or donate visit: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/100daystosavecoatsmemorial
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Picture caption: Left to Right is David Anderson Head Technical Faculty at Castlehead High School, Ian Henderson, Lewis Abercrombie (Pupil), Tony Fitzpatrick, Ross Chawk (Pupil) , Martin Macdonald Head Teacher at Castlehead High School.