Holy smoke - vicar abseils for charity

Martin Lowles, the vicar of Birkenshaw, who is doing a sponsored abseil.
Martin Lowles, the vicar of Birkenshaw, who is doing a sponsored abseil.
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The vicar of Birkenshaw, the Rev Martin Lowles, will be looking for divine protection when he abseils from the roof of Huddersfield University to raise money for the Mayor of Kirklees’s Charity Appeal.

Martin will be joining the Mayor Coun Eric Firth, councillors, senior council officers and other leading local figures, including Reporter Series staff on March 8 as they plunge to earth in aid of The Forget Me Not Hospice.

“Clearly the mayor caught me at a weak moment,” joked Martin.

“But it is a wonderful cause and I hope that I can raise as much as possible to help these deserving children and their families.

“I like to think that in throwing myself off the university building, I am doing so on behalf of all the churches and their members in North Kirklees and I look forward to receiving sponsorship from all my clergy colleagues and their members.”

To sponsor Martin, contact him on 01274 683776 or send cheques made payable to The Mayor of Kirklees Appeal to 6 Vicarage Gardens, Birkenshaw, Bradford,BD11 2EF.

Also taking part are Reporter Series editor Hannah Ridgeway, photographer Jake Oakley and managing director Helen Oldham. To sponsor them, simply drop in a donation to the Dewsbury Reporter office at 17 Wellington Road, Dewsbury.

The Hospice in Huddersfield supports children with life limiting illnesses and their families across Kirklees.