Heroes volunteer for charity abseil

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 February 2015

11-year-old Bethan Fathins taking on the abseil.

11-year-old Bethan Fathins taking on the abseil.


A TRIP to church on Sunday proved vastly different to what most people would expect with scores of volunteers putting themselves forward for a 100ft charity abseil.

The event was held at St Peter’s Church in Portishead to raise money for Christian Aid’s Ebola Crisis Appeal, with 50 people putting themselves forward to step over the edge of the historic building’s tower.

Those taking part ranged in age from 11, Bethan Fathins (pictured), to 81, with members 
of Portishead’s clergy, Reverend Jeremy Putnam, Reverend Tina Hodgett and the now-retired Colin Duncan, also having a go.

Batman and Robin - also known as Rupert and Genevieve Kiero-Watson - also made an appearance.

For those not keen on the idea of abseiling down the 100ft tower, there was also the chance to send teddy bears to the ground attached to parachutes.

It is believed more than £10,000 has been raised from the event which will go toward the work being carried out by Christian Aid’s partners to combat Ebola in West Africa, including in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

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