Prince Charles has shone a royal sparkle onto the St Nicholas organ appeal in the shape of a lead cut crystal glass decanter.
The Prince’s Trust charity donated the valuable item which will now be auctioned off to help the church reach its £103,000 organ restoration target following a request for support.
And it has already attracted bids of over £500 in what fundraisers have hailed as an excellent boost to the appeal.
Restoration fundraiser, Mervyn Kimberley, said they were “thrilled” to have support from the royal charity and is hoping it will see the kitty soar.
“It is incredible that we already have a bid of over £500,” he said. “With its provenance it is proving popular. We are just overwhelmed by the support so far.”
The church has raised £103,000 over the past 18 months to fund a complete restoration of its centuries old organ. And the target has now been reached thanks to a final £4,300 raised at an auction in September.
Excess cash will be used for upkeep and to plough into an organ scholarship to ensure the instrument can be played in the church by town musicians for generations to come.
Everyone who donated to will be thanked in a memorial book documenting the restoration work which is now almost complete thanks to Ian Carter and his team of specialists. It will all be proudly showed off in a rededication ceremony on Saturday 26th at 2.30pm.
To make a bid for the decanter, email email@example.com by Monday 25th.