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Concert to celebrate the contribution made to the Grace Project by Cockerton Church
A CONCERT is being held to conclude and celebrate a Ghanaian school building project which saw a North-East church community raise more than £10,000.
Clive and Pauline Beecham of Darlington pledged to raise £4,000 to build a classroom for the Grace Project School in Ghana after they first visited the country in 2011.
They called on the congregation of Cockerton Methodist Church to help them reach their goal and were overwhelmed by the support shown.
Through a combination of fundraising concerts and donations, £11,000 was raised for the project – enough to build three classrooms for the school.
The church is now choosing a new charity mission to support so is hosting a concert on November 9 to round off its involvement in the Grace Project.
Mr Beecham, 67, said: “In a sense the evening will be about closure, although the project won’t be forgotten.
“We will be visiting the school in January but the church will focus on its new mission – it already extended its support of the Grace Project by nearly two years.
“There is so much charitable giving that people are requesting wherever you go and so it was probably realistic for us to hope to raise about £4,000.
“We thought that would need a bit of work, which we were prepared to do, but to move beyond that amount by almost three times is really quite amazing.”
The money went directly towards building classrooms and buying equipment for the school in the village of Ho which is attended by four to 14-year-olds.
It was established by the Grace Project - a Christian charity formed by The Salvation Army in Castleford - and the branch’s choir is performing at the final concert for free as a way of thanking the church for its support.
Cockerton Churchgoers are now looking closer to home for their next charity mission and will be fundraising for the church’s own food bank scheme and for Darlington Salvation Army who help homeless people in the town.
The November 9 concert will also star soloist Val MacConachie and tickets cost £4 available from Mr Beecham on 01325-462196.
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