A church is to hold a concert to raise money to pay for a damaged roof.

Wanstead United Reformed Church, in Nightingale Lane, has suffered continuous water leaks since thieves stole lead from its roof in January.

The hole in the roof left following the theft has been temporarily covered, but rain is still leaking through into the kitchen of the church and causing further damage to the church interior.

The repairs are set to cost the church around £4,000.

So far £220 has been raised through ticket sales and other donations. 

The Hayward Piano Quartet will be playing on March 7 at 8pm and the church elder, Chris Walker, is encouraging residents to attend and help raise funds.

He said: “We would appreciate it if you could support us by attending what I am sure will be a most enjoyable and entertaining evening of fine music.

“The consequent damage, both external and internal, will take a long time to fully repair and cost far more than the value of the material taken.”

Tickets for the event are £5 for adults and £4 for concessions.

For further details, call Mr Walker on 0208 989 2426.