Thrill-seekers abseil down Rishton church town to raise money for much needed repairs

Thirty-two brave souls took on the challenge of abseiling down a church to raise money for much needed repairs.

Residents flocked to St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Rishton to see people take the 85ft plunge on Sunday, June 30. Among the 32 people who took part were Councillor Noordad Aziz and Peter Jackson, who runs the Rishton Arms.

Councillor Aziz said: “I was petrified but it was a worthwhile experience for a great cause. My gratitude goes out to everyone. Everyone cheered me on and there was a great community spirit.

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“The event brought the community together and highlighted the very best of Rishton and how much of a focal point St Peter and St Paul’s Church is in Rishton.”

The church was packed for a celebration service with music and singing. The tower is in desperate need of repointing to stop water getting into the building.

Water ingress has already caused significant damage to the stones and rotted through wooden floors. All money raised will help pay for the repairs to the tower.

An online fundraising page was set up to sponsor the courageous volunteers and has raised more than £3,200, with a target of £7,500. To donate visit here.

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