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William Mata

Lisa Scott-Lee donates £2,000 to help save London church where Steps’ video Tragedy was filmed

Steps scored their first number one with Bee Gees cover Tragedy. Their version sold even more copies than the Gibb brothers’ original

(Picture: VEVO/Steps/YouTube)

Lisa Scott-Lee has donated £2,000 to help save a Harrow Weald church where she filmed the music video for Tragedy with her Steps bandmates in 1998.

All Saints faced an uncertain future with a passageway collapse revealed its 150-year-old foundations were in poor condition, leaving the church needing to ask for £2,000 in a Christmas appeal towards the £50,000 required.

Scott-Lee, now 47 and still performing with the pop group, wrote on a Just Giving Appeal: “I can’t let this be a Tragedy. I hope this helps your beautiful church. Thank you for the wonderful memories! Merry Christmas, love Lisa from Steps x.”

The Anglican church is described on its website as a “lively and diverse fellowship of people of all ages and ethnicities”. Scott-Lee tweeted that it provided a “beautiful backdrop” for Tragedy.

"People say our Tragedy video is iconic and I felt this donation was the least I could do,” she said of the group’s first number one.

Scott-Lee added another £500 in gift aid to her donation and the subsequent publicity has seen the appeal now raise £2,601 - with fundraising coming in from all over the world.

All Saints plays host to the wedding premise of the video for the number one single, a Bee Gees cover in which a then 22-year-old Scott-Lee performs the second verse.

The video sees male bandmates H and Lee Latchford-Evans race to crash the weddings of Scott-Lee, Faye Tozer and Claire Richards.

The church was the wedding setting for the 1998 video for Tragedy (Google Maps)

Confusingly, the church does not have a connection with a pop group of the same era, also called All Saints.

With enough donations the church has said it will add an accessible toilet to make it more inclusive.

Rev John Baker, vicar at the church, added in a statement: “Everybody’s saying the same, that their lives have been touched by that music video.

“They don’t want to see the church disappear. I’m so grateful and I am thanking God for this surprise."

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