A ramp for St John's Sandiway

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A ramp for St John's Sandiway

A ramp for St John's Sandiway

St John's Sandiway By St John's Sandiway

Help us to build a permanent ramp so that everyone can get into St John's Sandiway, whether they're coming for the monthly concerts, heritage days, funerals, weddings or anything else.

Sandiway Fundraising stage

pledged of £56,333
days left

We are still waiting for planning permission to be approved. In the unlikely scenario that this isn't approved, this campaign will be closed and all pledges will be refunded. St John's Sandiway is hard to access for wheelchair users, those who need a handrail or those with pushchairs. We intend to build a permanent ramp, with handrails and a non-slip surface to allow everyone access. It doesn't matter whether they want to access the church every week, come to the monthly concerts, explore the John Douglas heritage, come to a wedding, or get to the funeral of a loved one, we passionately believe that everyone should be able to get into the building easily. Our architect has drawn up designs which are in keeping with the beauty of this listed building, sitting within a conservation area. We have already started fund-raising, but we need your help to complete this project successfully. 2023 is the 120th anniversary of the church - universal access is a fitting way to celebrate!

What we'll deliver:

  • A permanent ramp with handrails at the front of St John's Sandiway
  • Glass doors at the top of the ramp

Why it's a great idea:

With the ramp in place, anyone can access the building when they need to. For example: - a young mum with a double buggy can get into church for a wedding - a wheelchair user can enjoy one of the monthly classical concerts, where professional musicians bring live music to the local community - a disabled family member of a loved one can attend a funeral with dignity - a villager who struggles to climb steps can more easily come for coffee and company at our weekly Saturday morning drop-in session There are also three care homes in the village, with a number of residents who like to visit the church: with the ramp in place, they would have easy access to the building.

Steps to get it done:

  • Architectural designs (complete)
  • Quantity surveyor estimated costs (complete)
  • Approval from Diocesan Advisory Committee and CWAC planners (in progress)
  • Secure funding
  • Tenders and selecting contractors
  • Building ramp and fitting glass door

Allowing everyone to access the building is the first step of a larger project to create a community space that serves the needs of all visitors. In addition to the ramp and glass door, we plan a small project to create more space for wheelchairs and buggies at the front of the church, to improve the lighting within church, and to add handrails to the steps inside the church. Following that, within the next 5 years, we plan to build a heritage café as an annexe on the back of church that will provide a meeting space with full access toilets and baby change. The heritage café will allow us to share the history of the John Douglas building, but it will also create a space that community groups can use.


Location Sandiway

About the space

St John's Sandiway, Norley Road


Cheshire West and Chester

How will the money be spent?Total £56,333

Ramp - £42,250 (75%)
Glass door - £11,350 (20%)
Other - £2,733 (5%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Glass door
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation
  • Reordering at the front of the nave, for increased accessibility inside the church
  • Building the annexe at the back of church as a community space

Total £56,333

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