Swimming for spire Alderley Edge 2013

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undefinedThe Vicar of Alderley Edge is swimming the English Channel without ever leaving our diocese. The Revd Jane Parry has taken the challenge to swim the equivalent distance of Dover to Calais at her local swimming pool to raise funds for the St Philip and St James Church spire fund.

She's swimming the 21 miles, or 1,750 lengths, across several weeks at the Energie Fitness Club in Handforth.

She had already raised nearly £1,000 in donations from local businesses and well –wishers, and there is £70,000 in the fund other donations already, thanks to coffee mornings, quizzes, sponsored walks and local resident Rod Hogarth completing a parachute jump for the cause.

The church needs to raise £150,000 for essential repairs to the spire – at 175 feet thought to be the tallest in Cheshire.

The Grade II listed St Philip and St James was built in 1853. A recent inspection showed the metal rods retaining the tower were corroding and need replacing.

Jane said: “I'm going swimming most days and I hope to 'reach' France in a week; it's a long way. Hopefully I'll lose some weight while I'm doing it, and I'm looking forward to figuratively climbing up the Calais shore!”

If you would like to make a donation email the Vicar vicarontheedge@hotmail.co.uk

Picture reproduced courtesy of the Wilmslow Express.