Abseil for granddad

PUBLISHED: 14:00 05 February 2015

13-year-old Thomas Leaker taking part in next week's fundraising abseil down St Peter's Church tower.

13-year-old Thomas Leaker taking part in next week's fundraising abseil down St Peter's Church tower.

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A YOUNG rock-climbing enthusiast will take on a 100ft charity abseil in memory of his much-loved grandfather.

Thomas Leaker has signed up to the challenge which is being put on at St Peter’s Church in Portishead on Saturday in aid of Christian Aid’s Ebola Crisis Appeal.

The 13-year-old Gordano School pupil attends rock climbing sessions at Red Point climbing centre in Bristol and decided to take part in the abseil following the death of his grandfather, Alan Leaker, last year.

Alan was well-known in Portishead and Thomas hopes completing the challenge would have made him proud.

He will be one of a number of fundraisers who will make their way down the church tower on Saturday.

Thomas, who lives in Combe Avenue, hopes to raise £200 for the Ebola appeal which is raising funds to help combat the virus in West Africa.

Anyone wishing to sponsor him can do so online at www.justgiving.com/Jayne-Leaker

As well as abseiling, Saturday’s event will also include teddies parachuting from the tower.


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