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The Dean of Coventry Leads 50 Strong Team off Cathedral Roof To Tackle Poverty

The Very Reverend John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry, was one of 50 people to abseil from the roof of the Cathedral on Saturday 11th October. Funds raised by every participant will be used to make a difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest communities.

The abseil was the idea of Cathedral member Moya Horton, who worked with staff of Christian Aid and the Cathedral to make it a reality. Moya’s husband, Deryck Horton, abseiled on the day alongside the Reverend Mark Rowland, the new minister at Coventry Central Hall, young adults from Blue Coat School, a team of six friends from Birmingham and many others who responded to the call for support.

The Dean of Coventry Leads 50 Strong Team off Cathedral Roof To Tackle Poverty
“You could call it a leap of faith,” commented Dean John, “I’m not very good with heights so it was certainly a challenge for me but very much worth it. Christian Aid undertakes so much vital work among the poorest communities in the world. We’ were delighted to be able to offer them the Cathedral to help raise the funds. I was just happy once my feet were firmly back on the ground.”

“All around the nation people of all ages, from 11 to (much, much) older, have raised thousands of pounds by taking a jump for justice and abseiling down iconic church buildings,” explained John Cooper from Christian Aid. “Coventry Cathedral is one of the most iconic Cathedrals in the country and we were thrilled when they asked to host an abseil. The enthusiastic take-up is a credit to the city of Coventry.”

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Image: The Very Reverend John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry on the roof of the Cathedral. (Image Credit: Christine Doyle)