Latimer Hinks has pledged £1000 from funds raised at its Charity Ball to help save one of the regions most iconic churches.
St Cuthberts Church in Darlington has been described by English Heritage as one of the most important examples of early English Gothic architecture in northern England.
Treasurer Brian Johnson has highlighted the two major tasks faced by those charged with running and maintaining the 900-year-old building.
He said: "The heating system is totally inefficient and must be replaced. On top of that, there is a need for major repairs to the roof.
To that end, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded development funding of £26,500 to help progress the Churchs plans for a full grant at a later date. It is estimated that the whole project will cost £150,000, with the HLF providing £106,000. The funding will allow the church authorities to renew lead coverings that have been in place since the 1950s these have started to split and allow water to enter the building. This has damaged ancient roof timbers that date back to the 13th Century believed to be the oldest in the area.
Anne Elliott, marketing partner at Latimer Hinks Solicitors, said: "As a firm with a long history in Darlington this year we celebrate 122 years in Darlington and last year we celebrated 60 years in our town centre offices in Priestgate - we are keenly aware of the plight of St Cuthberts Church. It is a wonderful and historic church located only a stones throw from our offices and so it was easy to come to the decision that their fund was something we want, and need, to support.
"St Cuthberts is a vital part of our towns heritage and its plight is one that should resonate with anyone who has at any point been part of its congregation or is keen to protect our historic heritage.
Anne added: "I encourage other businesses and concerned individuals to dig deep to help the church. Anyone interested in donating should contact the church direct to do so.
A host of other charities and initiatives are set to benefit from the law firms annual charity ball, which this year raised a record £16,000. The event also generated funds for St Teresas Hospice and the County Durham Community Foundation, as well as a variety of smaller local charities.