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Katherine sings to save church where she started

Katherine was part of the St David's Church choir as a youngster. Credit: PA

Classical star Katherine Jenkins will be performing in her hometown of Neath next month - to try to raise money to save the church where she learned to sing.

The tower and roof at St David's Church are in need of essential repairs, and an appeal is hoping to raise £500,000.

“St David’s Church has been so important to the people of Neath; the church and the people of Neath are very special to me and so it’s really important that as a community we come together to unite to help repair this wonderful tower", Katherine said.

"I often talk of Neath when I tour around the world, the history and the people all were formative in the person I am today”.

The mezzo-soprano will perform some of her hymns and arias, and meet supporters of the appeal, at an "intimate evening" next month.

To raise money, she will also auction off a polka dot dress she wore on the final of the 2012 series of Dancing With The Stars in America.