A 700-year-old medieval chest in Pershore Abbey has been given a new lease of life.

Most recently the chest has been used for storing surplices but it has now been restored, brought out into public view and lit up. The lid is fixed open to reveal new panelling and a glass-topped gift receptacle.

Visitors can use the chest to contribute to the maintenance of the Abbey. Vicar Kenneth Crawford said how pleased he was to see the important historical furniture brought to the fore and in service again.

He said: "We need about £20 an hour to keep this wonderful building warm, clean and welcoming, so making donations easy and interesting has to be a winner."