Church warden warns of fake notes in Belvedere
PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 June 2018
A church warden from Belvedere has spoken out to warn residents about a spate of fake money incidents in the area.
All Saints Church, which is located on Nuxley Road in Belvedere, held a fundraising summer fete last weekend (Saturday, June 16) and found at the end of the day that they had received £280 in false £20 notes.
Liam Fuller, who is the warden for church, said the day had gone really well and residents had had a nice time at the event, which saw children enjoying bouncy castles, face painting, music and several stalls.
He said: “Unfortunately, when I was doing the counting of the totals we had raised at the end of the fair I started to come across several of these fake notes.
“Our annual summer fairs are always very popular and they really help us and the community out, so it’s a shame it ended in this way.
“A lot of money is needed for us to make ends meet to help the community.
“People think churches have plenty of money but they don’t, and it’s not just the church services and the Sunday events - it’s maintaining the church hall that we hire out to the wider community and the coffee mornings we hold once a week.
“We also have The Willow Club for the bereaved and lonely which we hold monthly where we provide them with a meal and some support.”
Liam has since learned that other businesses in the area have recently faced the same issue.
He said: “I’d like to make raise awareness of this so that the community can take precautions - the main thing is that the hologram on a £20 note on the left side should swap with the pound sign when you change the angle of it.
“I would advise people to use the pens which confirm whether a note is real or fake.”
Despite the incident, Liam said is grateful for the support shown by the community, who have since reimbursed the money after hearing the news.
“People have very generously donated the money back. We are incredibly grateful for that.”