Olympic silver medallist joins church abseil for charity

Olympic silver medallist joins church abseil for charity

Daniel Darlington

Olympic silver medallist joins church abseil for charity

An Olympic silver medal winning rower abseiled from the top of Windsor's parish church on Saturday, but he was not alone.

Richard Chambers, part of the lightweight men's four who finished second during London 2012 at Eton Dorney, was one of 35 daring people who lowered themselves from the church's turrets for Christian Aid.

They covered quite an age range with eight members of Windsor Baptist Youth Group making the 'giant leap'. The youngest abseiler was 11-years-old, while Jane Burr, 70, from St Stephen's Church was the eldest.

David Shaw, local scout leader and chairman of Windsor Parish Church Management Group, was a nervous spectator as his wife Catherine, 47, and daughter Rebecca, 20, scaled the sides of the church.

Reverend Ainsley Swift, the church's priest-in-charge, and Claire Richardson, wife of Windsor's Baptist minister Mark Richardson, were also among the participants.

David said: "It is wonderful to see all these people from our community enjoying a new experience on our repaired tower and raising money to help end poverty in the world."

Jessica Hall, from Christian Aid in Oxford, said: "People seem to be really up for it.

"A couple have been a bit nervous beforehand but they have had smiling faces when they reach the bottom.

"Everyone is getting up there and coming down okay and enjoying themselves."

Volunteers with a taste for heights began abseiling the High Street church, which was built in 1875, from 10.30am.

Olympic rower Richard was the last man to descend the church walls at about 4.20pm.

Harnessing people to the building were the outdoor pursuits firm Adventure Plus.

The dangle-athon managed to raise more than £7,000 for Christian Aid, an international development charity which aims to help eradicate poverty across the world.

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