A CROWDFUNDING campaign has been set up to try and raise £40,000 to save an iconic stained-glass window in a Workington church.

The window that fills the east wall of St Mary's Harrington is said to be progressively buckling, with the church community fearing that if urgent action is not taken, the window could be lost in a storm.

The stained glass is said to 'bring such light and life to the weekly worship in the church' and has been, for many in and around Harrington and Workington, 'a magnificent backdrop to many tens of thousands of christenings, weddings and funerals over the last hundred years and more'.

The church is now appealing to people to try and raise the remaining £40,000 to save the window, which they say will cost around £60,000 to fix, including essential repairs to the stonework around the window.

Times and Star: The iconic window that 'brings such light and life' to the church.The iconic window that 'brings such light and life' to the church. (Image: Supplied)

Rector of Harrington and Distington, Rev. Dom de Mattos said: "The East Window has been a beautiful backdrop to some of the most significant moments in the lives of many thousands of people in the Parish of Harrington and Salterbeck.

"There must be so many photographs of weddings and baptisms taken in front of it and its loss would be tragic. It is more just a window though, it is part of the history of this place and part of its very culture.

"Sadly, over time the lead holding the panes of glass together has softened and the whole window has deformed by several inches in places.

"Every time we are battered by yet another storm I wonder whether we will still have a window in the morning.

"I realise that £40,000 is a huge sum to raise on top of the £20,000 we have raised so far, but if everyone who has family connection to the church were to give just a little, together we can save the window."

This fundraising is on behalf of the Parochial Church Council who will ensure that all the funds raised will be spent on repairing the East Window and associated stonework.

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