THE MP for the Vale of Clwyd is supporting a Rhyl church in its bid to raise the vital funds needed to repair its roof.

Sussex Street Christian Centre is hoping to raise well over £100,000 to pay for the works, which will include improvements to more than just the roof, but have set an initial GoFundMe target of £40,000.

Dr James Davies visited the centre on Friday to meet with church trustees to find out more about the appeal and what he could do to help.

Speaking after the meeting, he said: “Sussex Street Christian Centre building is an iconic landmark in Rhyl having been in the town for 157 years.

“During that time it has served the community in various ways and more recently it has played an instrumental role in supporting local people through the pandemic.

“It is therefore imperative that everything possible is done to preserve it, so it may continue supporting the town for many years to come.

“I was very pleased to visit on Friday and to discuss what they are hoping to achieve. I believe that refurbishing the exterior of this Grade II listed building can hugely contribute to the regeneration of Rhyl town centre – especially in combination with a Queen’s Market redevelopment next door.

“Their fundraising target is ambitious, but I am confident that with some successful grant applications and the support of the people of Rhyl and surrounding areas, that they can achieve it.

“I am putting together a letter of support and will also be contacting Denbighshire County Council and other funders on their behalf.

“This is such a worthy cause and I urge people to support it. The centre gives so much to the community, it really does deserve this help in return.”

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