£200,000 grant to save Katherine Jenkins' old church

Katherine Jenkins was christened at St David's church - and started singing in the choir as a youngster.

The Neath church where Katherine Jenkins learned to sing has been given nearly £200,000 for urgent repairs.

The classical star returned home to St David's Church in May, singing in a concert to raise money for the church's tower and roof.

Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund has announced a grant of £199,300, which it says will neable repairs to the church tower, including re-roofing and timber repair.

Katherine said: "I am delighted that St David’s church has received this development funding take out much needed repairs. I have been very proud to support this beautiful church over the years and have been closely involved in helping the congregation to secure its future."

"I fondly recall the many opportunities I had to sing at St David’s when growing up in Neath, which played a big part in my development as a performer.”

St David's Church was built in Neath in 1866 and is Grade II listed. Credit: Heritage Lottery Fund

£180,300 has also been awarded to the Grade II listed St Barrwg’s Church in Bedwas, near Caerphilly, as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund's new Grants for Places of Worship scheme.