Boys hope their prayers are answered

WALKING TALL. Brothers Liam and Mark Atkinson. (d613b335)
WALKING TALL. Brothers Liam and Mark Atkinson. (d613b335)

Two young brothers will be pounding the streets on Sunday August 18 to help repair an historic stained glass window at their church.

Liam and Mark Atkinson, aged 14 and nine respectively, will be taking part in the annual parish walk between four Spen churches, and have decided to use it to raise money for the damaged window at St Barnabas Church in Hightown.

Damaged stained glass window at St Barnabas Church. (d613a335)

Damaged stained glass window at St Barnabas Church. (d613a335)

Their mum Joan, who is a lay pastoral minister there, said: “One Sunday morning we came to the church and there was a hole in the window.

“We don’t know whether it was vandalism or whether someone had done it by accident, but the window – which probably dates back to when the church was built – was damaged.

“We’ve been told it will probably cost £650 to repair. We’ve had an anonymous donation of £250 for which we are very grateful, and then the boys asked if they could do the walk and raise sponsor money.

“I am really proud of them. They are both servers at St Barnabas and always try to do what they can to help.

“Liam has also made some prayer books and quiz books on his computer and sold them, and so far they’ve already raised just over £260.”

The eight mile walk takes place on Sunday, leaving Hartshead Church at 2pm. All the walkers will then go to All Saints in Roberttown, before heading up to St Philip and St James’s in Scholes and ending at St Barnabas.