A GRANT has been awarded to help restore a Grade II-listed church from the 19th century.

St Wilfrid's Roman Catholic Church on Coltsgate Hill in Ripon requires around £363,000 in order for it to be restored to its former glory.

The church, which opened in 1862, has already managed to raised £285,000.

However, a £6,000 boost from a grant-making trust, has brought the church closer to its fundraising target.

Barrie Price, chairman of the St Wilfrid’s Roman Catholic Church Ripon Restoration Committee, said: “As the Catholic community in Ripon, we are proud to be the custodians of this building and committed to caring for this precious part of our city’s heritage.

“After the restoration, the church will be open to the public.

"Not only as part of the St Wilfrid’s tourist trail from Fountains Abbey to Ripon Cathedral, but also as a venue for concerts, events and visits – it will be fantastic to open up its treasures for more people to appreciate and enjoy.”

Work is anticipated to begin in autumn this year.