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Arnold Hollis, Archdeacon Emeritus of the St James Anglican Church (File Photograph)

A group set up to raise funds for repairs to St James’s Anglican Church Hall has renewed its plea to the public for assistance.

Friends of St James is hoping to raise $200,000 to fund the rest of the work needed to repair the damage sustained by the building during the hurricanes last year.

“Our need is great, very great,” said Arnold Hollis, Archdeacon Emeritus of the St James’s Anglican Church.

“We are appreciative of any amount. The smallest amount is still important to us.

“Even if it’s five cents — it’s more than we had before.”

Dr Hollis said the hall’s roof had been replaced but the interior, including the ceiling, curtains and electrics, had yet to be dealt with.

He added that the old electrical system was too outdated to repair, so “we have to put in something brand new”.

Through Friends of St James’s, Dr Hollis is appealing to the general public “to help us get the hall back in operation so it can be used by the community and the church”.

The church and rectory also suffered substantial damage during the hurricanes, so Dr Hollis said most of the church’s funds and the insurance money had been used up.

The repair work to the church roof cost about $100,000 and another $200,000 is needed to finish repairing the hall, according to Dr Hollis.

He is hoping that the community can rally together again to “donate whatever they can”.

• Donations can be made to Bank of Butterfield account number 0601565300016. For more information contact St James’s Anglican Church on 234-0834.

St James's Church in Sandys (File photograph by David Skinner)