abseil at church in Northwich 1 Mar 2014

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undefinedA group of parishioners abseiled down the outside of the 100-ft tower of St Helen's church, Witton, Northwich, earlier this month. The feat was organised to collect money for Christian Aid and raise awareness of the charity's work.

The Vicar, the Revd Alison Harris, and the local church, have been long-term supporters of Christian Aid and its projects around the world to tackle climate change, tax-dodging, the causes of poverty, and the causes of disease.

Thirty people took part in the event at Witton, aged from 11 to 60. Among them was Alison’s husband, the Revd Brian Harris, who is Priest-in-Charge at the neighbouring parish of Lostock Gralam. 

The sponsored abseiling raised far for Christian Aid than was initially expected. It’s thought that eventually some £6,000 will be collected.

As well organising the spectacle of abseiling alongside Christian Aid workers, St Helen’s parish also put on a display about the charity’s work.

Vicar Alison said: "It was such a wonderful day in so many ways: working with Christian Aid North West, watching the intrepid abseilers come down, and it was marvellous to see the church and churchyard so busy with friends, supporters, casual passers-by. So many people stopped and in different ways shared in the day." 

Pictured above – Jane Hague abseiling at the tower. The arrow indicates her position. Jane is from Wincham near Northwich and works at Church House with the Diocesan Surveyor

Below – Kelly Davies

 

Bottom photo – Jane Hague back at her desk after raising funds by abseiling