Save our Spires: competition winner visits The Shard

Published: Monday, October 26, 2015


As part of our Save our Spires appeal, we held a free prize draw for our supporters. Christopher Grant from Urchfont, Wiltshire was the lucky winner of a visit to The Shard, the UK’s tallest building, located in central London.

(Pictured above, left to right: Evelyn Grant, Christopher Grant, Mally Kimber)

When designing The Shard, Italian architect Renzo Piano was in fact inspired by the church spires in London that are depicted in Canaletto paintings. So what better way to celebrate church spires than a trip up this beautiful spire-like building?

As Christopher is an active member of his local church, St Michael and All Angels Church, Urchfont, he invited Church Treasurer Mally Kimber to join him on his trip up The Shard on Thursday 22nd October. Before his visit, we had a chat with him about the appeal and prize and here’s what he had to say. 

• What does the Save our Spires appeal mean to you?

The spires of our churches are often the most recognisable landmarks in our towns and villages, especially in rural areas, and are a reminder of our long Christian Heritage. If spires fall, then our towns and villages will lose their heritage and stature.

The appeal is therefore very important in raising people’s awareness of the precarious condition of many church spires and their need for urgent repair.

• How do you feel about winning the competition prize?

I feel honoured to win the prize and go up London’s tallest building. I am looking forward to seeing the panorama and quite curious about how many churches I will be able to see from the top!

• Why do you support the National Churches Trust?

The National Churches Trust play a key part in ensuring that church buildings all over the country stay open through their grant giving as congregations often struggle to maintain their buildings.

• What do you think are the main problems affecting churches today?

A great issue that many churches face is raising enough funds for maintenance and adapting historic buildings to modern needs and technology without destroying their historic fabric and atmosphere.

• Have you got a favourite spire and if so, why is it your favourite?

Being a Wiltshire man, it has to be Salisbury Cathedral!

To find out more about our Save our Spires appeal, please visit

You can also donate to the appeal by visiting