FUNDRAISERS are cooking up a pie-making competition to raise cash for repairs to a stained-glass church window that was damaged by vandals.

The 160-year-old coloured-glass windows at St George’s church in Barrow was damaged in September.

The church was left to cover the £10,000 repair bill.

Kerry Wodlen, who was married at the church in August 2018, was upset to hear about the damage caused and decided to do something about it.

She has worked with Gary Creegan, Canon at St George’s church, John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness and other volunteers to set up the pie-making competition to raise the funds.

The contest will be at St George’s church hall on Friday, January 18.

The bakeries involved include De-Lish (Crellin Street, Barrow), Thomas’s Bakery (Broughton Road, Dalton), Home Bakery (Rawlinson Street) and Broughton Village Bakery.

The competition begins at 6.30pm.

Tickets are £5 each or two for £8 and can be purchased from St George’s school, St George’s church, St Aidan’s church or by calling 01229 431204.

Children can enter free and tickets include a free drink on arrival.

The winners will be announced on the night and the victorious bakers will join Mr Woodcock in Westminster on January 23 as part of the Cumbria Day event.

Mrs Wodlen said: "When I heard about the damage to the church, it made me think about getting married there last year and it was upsetting to think someone would damage the church like that.

"It really lit a fire in my belly and I decided I needed to act.

"John Woodcock and his team have been amazing in their support of the competition.

"They've done so much to help us."

Mr Woodcock said: “It was very disappointing to find out vandals had broken the window, but in typical Barrow fashion the community has responded brilliantly.

“I want to thank the bakeries who agreed to take part in what should be an interesting contest and a lot of fun.”