28th Sept. 2013
It was a lovely sunny autumn day and over 60 people abseiled down St. Mary’s church steeple.
The team from Rock & Ice who organised the abseil, were reassuring and encouraging, helping everyone find the courage to step over the parapet and slide down the rope. Hugh, the vicar, was first down, and made it look easy. Some did it with panache, bounding down rapidly, others more slowly and cautiously.
Most people came away with a broad grin and saying “it was fantastic, awesome, brilliant.” A few people found it harder and more anxiety provoking, so were quieter, and yet they had faced their fears and succeeded. Several saying how they never would have done so if they hadn’t been inspired by Jamie’s story and the work in Kisiizi.
Over the wall from the church there was a buzz around the stalls. David and Alison Odger did a good trade with their excellent barbequed food. The jam and cake stall did a roaring trade and the Bric-a-brac did well. Lots of people tried their luck with different games such tombola, the coconut shy, and roll a coin.
Children were racing around with painted faces and glittering “tattoos” and enjoying the bouncy castle. But most of the time the focus of attention was upwards, as we all watched these brave people come down the tower. It was great to have a group of student nurses from Chester University, some of whom had worked hard to get sponsorship from friends and family.
So far we have raised over £3000 and there is more sponsorship money to be collected.
In the evening we were welcome to the Bluebell Pub in Halkyn. There was much to talk about as we reflected on a great day, and lots of laughter. A traditional pub quiz was followed by Helen’s delicious chicken stew (with veggie alternative) with red cabbage and crusty bread. A fitting finale to time spent remembering Jamie, having good fun, and enjoying each other’s company as we raised money for a great cause.
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Rev Hugh Burgess leads the way…
Students from University of Chester…