The WW1 Memorial at Holy Trinity, in Winchester, has fallen to pieces after years of neglect and recent damage from the first lockdown, according to churchwardens.
The 100-year-old memorial “is suffering badly from decay and neglect”, according to Churchwarden John Purver.
Mr Purver said that people who visited Holy Trinity during the first lockdown have significantly worsened the state of the memorial as they haven’t realized its fragile condition.
Since then, the church has updated their CCTV range “with additional cameras” in hopes to deter people from frequenting the memorial, says other Churchwarden John Kimber. They have also locked the gates to the Holy Trinity grounds.
Concerns with the memorial’s condition were initially raised back in 2009, but the repairs would have cost £5,000. As it is a listed monument, the repairs “have been submitted to The War Graves Commission in the hopes that they may be in a position to assist with the costs”.
In addition to the “sorry state” of the memorial, there is also a figure of Christ that is in dire repair as its completely “rotten and falling apart”, according to the churchwardens.
However, until the repairs are completed the churchwardens urge people to avoid touching or sitting on the monuments.
The Holy Trinity Church is currently welcoming donations on their GoFundMe page, “Winchester War Memorial Repair” and have so far raised £190. They are also collecting names of those from WW2 to add to the memorial.
To contact the church or donate, visit the Holy Trinity website or their GoFundMe page.