Vicar ‘goes over edge’ for charity

A vicar at Elstow Abbey conquered his fears to abseil down the bell tower to raise money for charity.

The Rev Jeremy Crocker was one of 25 brave souls who went over the edge of the tower for Christian Aid.

Jeremy said: “The bell tower has never been abseiled down before and being able to make use of this special building in an unusual way was a great way for the church and local community to support Christian Aid.

“By tackling the challenge of the abseil, I did have to conquer my nerves, but it is good to know that this will make a real difference to people living in poverty around the world and will help them to tackle the challenges they face in their everyday lives.”

The event on Saturday, March 29, attracted people of all ages with the youngest being Jeremy’s daughter, aged 9, while the eldest was 76.

Also taking part was Yvonne Butt, who did the abseil with her daughter Debbie.

She was christened at the Abbey and her mother’s ashes are in the garden of remembrance. Yvonne said despite being really nervous, it was an “original and worthwhile way” for her to remember her mum the day before Mother’s Day.

Christian Aid regional co-ordinator Sarah Clay added: “Sponsorship is still coming in, but we estimate that the event will have raised well over £4,000. It was a brilliant atmosphere and great fun.”