Museum gets charity status

Epworth’s Old Rectory Museum has been awarded charitable status – a move that will boost its fund-arising efforts.

The money is needed by volunteers working at the popular attraction in order for them to carry out work on plans to open up the entire house to how it would have looked in 1716.

“When we approach organisations for donations towards the work, one of the first things they ask is for is our charity number, which is why we applied for charitable status,” explained the Old Rectory’s treasured and Trustee Keith Rothery.

“It also means that when British taxpayers make a donation, we can claim money back from the Government and it amounts to an extra 20p for every pound given,” he added.

The money is reclaimed under what is known as Gift Aid, which allows a charity to reclaim basic rate of tax – 20 per cent - on a donation.

The Grade I listed building is known throughout the world as the childhood home of brothers John and Charles Wesley, who founded a movement that went on to become the Methodist Church.