Going Over the Edge for Christian Aid

by Gerry Lynch last modified 31 Oct, 2013 09:50 AM

Gillingham priest and Bishop Graham go abseiling in Gillingham to support sustainable development, civil society and disaster relief

The Rev'd Peter Greenwood was first over the edge when twenty intrepid abseilers descended in a daring sponsored fundraiser from the tower of St Mary’s Church, Gillingham last Friday.

Cheered on by a crowd of his congregation and townsfolk, Peter’s downward journey was all about raising money for the work of Christian Aid.

Peter was joined by two other local church leaders – Paul Arnold, Gillingham’s new Methodist Minister, and Pete Bond from Gillingham Community Church.

The event was officially opened by Gillingham’s mayor, councillor Val Pothecary, and the Town Crier, David Wathen.

Later in the afternoon Graham Kings, the Bishop of Sherborne was one of the last to descend. “It’s the first time I’ve abseiled since leaving the army. I was seriously worried climbing over the parapet, but once I started down it all came back to me. I was pleased to do this and raise money for Christian Aid’s work bring relief to the poorest parts of the world.”

Event organizer Stephen Dominy said “Most of the people I spoke to on the day had raised well over £100 in sponsorship and we’re on target to top £3,000 altogether. I'm grateful to the people of Gillingham for their amazing support, to Peter and St Mary's for being so game, and to Maria Windross and the Gillingham Christian aid group for getting behind the effort and organising refreshments and the raffle.”

Christian Aid is the official relief and development agency of 40 British and Irish churches, and works to support sustainable development, stop poverty, support civil society and provide disaster relief. It works in South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Christian Aid campaigns to change the rules and systems that keep people poor, speaking out on issues such as tax justice, trade justice, climate change, and Third World debt. 

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