The bill to repair the church where William Shakespeare was baptised and buried has risen by £50,000 after the discovery of dry rot and deathwatch beetle.
The Friends of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford, said the total cost would now be £150,000 - well up on the figure revealed last summer.
Catherine Penn, one of the trustees of the group, launched last June, said work to repair the crumbling parapet was almost complete.
But other vital repairs were on-going at the 800-year-old Grade I listed building.
Donations from tourists had dipped due to the downturn in visitor numbers in the wake of September 11 and the recent SARS scare.
Tourism in Stratford has been badly affected because of a drop in the number of US visitors.
Mrs Penn said: “The Friends have just handed over a cheque for £30,000 and things are going well at the moment, but tourist numbers are well down.
“We are hopeful that things will improve in 2004 and if anyone wants to sponsor a gargoyle we would be more than happy to hear from them.”
Shakespeare’s Church, as it is known, benefits from donations from up to 100,000 fans of the playwright who visit each year.
Its chancel, as well as the north and south aisles, and north and south transepts are all in need of repair. Shakespeare was baptised at Holy Trinity on April 26, 1564, and buried at the church on April 25, 1616.
Coventry Evening Telegraph Jan 2 2004