THE treasurer at a local church took part in a swim series at Castle Howard last weekend to raise funds for a church’s roof’s repairs.

St John’s Church, on Greenside, Staincross, has been in situ for more than 125 years but despite its roof being repaired several times recently, it now requires a full replacement.

Amy Roe, 46, the church’s treasurer, said she had already completed a sponsored swim in Loch Lomond for Alzheimer’s Society a few years ago, and wanted to take this opportunity to raise vital funds for a new roof.

She swam 2.5km in the ‘Castle Race’ and completed this in 59 minutes.

“We have a strong community presence with our church hall, which is used by several different groups varying from dog training to art classes and baby groups to theatrical productions,” Amy said.

“By fundraising for a new church roof, the church itself will then be watertight and hopefully be around for many more years.

“The swim was equivalent to 100 lengths of a standard pool, I was aiming to complete the swim in one hour and I did so I feel good about that.”

The swim took place last Saturday as part of the ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign.