AUTHOR Lilian Harry was the guest of honour at a church’s fundraising day.
The Gosport-born writer visited St Cuthbert’s Church in Copnor to draw the winning tickets in a bumper raffle.
The church raised £560 from the event and the money will go towards rebuilding the worship area at the west end of the church.
It is part of a huge £235,000 redevelopment project to turn the church into a thriving centre for the community.
Lilian Harry read out the names of 26 prizewinners, who won gifts including signed copies of books by the author and by Alan Titchmarsh.
There were also signed photographs and a £100 cash prize.
Lilian said: ‘I really did enjoy seeing St Cuthbert’s.
‘It was a great eye-opener for me.
‘I think they have all done a wonderful job and created something very special.’
Work has already started on drilling the church’s old concrete floor and fitting underfloor heating.
A new tiled floor will be laid on top and new heating, lighting, electrics and a sound system will be installed. There are also plans for a new font and vestry.
The church hopes to build a new entrance to the worship area in Lichfield Road to join it to its community complex with a new reception area and kitchen.
The work has been paid for through fundraising and one-off donations from church members, plus a loan from the national Anglican church.
If you would like to help, call Rev David Power on (023) 9282 7071.