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Vicar Raises Money With £10 Church Challenge
A vicar who handed out dozens of £10 notes to his parishioners and asked them to use it to make a profit had already seen his money quadrupled.
Reverend Richard Steel came up with the idea to raise money for repairs need at the church in Kirkheaton near Huddersfield. Some £73,000 is needed to mend the roof of the building which dates back to the 14th century.
Reverend Steel told Sky News: "The inspiration came from a story that Jesus told in the Bible. It's called the parable of the talents and it's about a businessman going away, giving his servants some money and hoping they put it to good use and that's exactly what I wanted to do here."
In the parable told in the Gospel of Matthew two servants make money but one does not. The residents of Kirkheaton have had a higher success rate.
Eleven-year-old Lucy Jackson is a keen photographer. She came up with the idea of making greetings cards with her pictures and has already seen a good return on her investment.
She said: "I've sold some at school to the teachers and some at my dad's work ...I've made £86 and I'm hoping to make £180 by Easter."
Sara Jackson used her £10 to buy ingredients to make chocolate truffles. They've been so popular among her family and friends she's already made £280.
She told Sky News: "I think a lot of people have got involved because the church is the centre of the village and it's a focal point and it's something we can do to help preserve it that will be there for generations to come, not just for now.
"We'll have the benefit of it now but it will go on and it's just something I could do to help."
Reverend Steel said the whole community has been involved, with the youngest fundraisers aged five and the oldest aged 85.
He said their efforts have already exceeded his expectations. Halfway through the challenge they have raised £2,000. The grand total will be counted on Easter Sunday.