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North Petherton vicar urging people to join her for charity abseil
VICAR Jane Haslam is getting ready to take a leap of faith, when she abseils from the 100ft tower at St Mary's Church, in North Petherton, in aid of a Christian charity.
Rev Haslam, 43, is encouraging others to join her when she takes the plunge for Christian Aid on October 26.
She said: “I don't even like climbing the tower - but I'm sure I'll be okay once I'm over the edge!
"The last time I did anything like this was as a Guide and Venture Scout, so it's safe to say I'm out of practice.
“When I was approached by Christian Aid I felt I had to do it. Jesus said we should love our neighbour as ourself and put no limit on who was our neighbour.
“I'm part of a Christian community which seeks to serve people in need, sharing what we have with those near and those far.
“Supporting Christian Aid, which works in partnership with other organisations in many countries, enables us to show God's love around the world in practical ways.”
Rev Haslam is a mother-of-four and will be joined in the abseil by her ten-year-old daughter Alice.
However, she is willing other brave souls to do likewise.
She said: “So far, I've had lots of people say 'Wow, you're brave' and not so many saying they'll join me!
"I'm hoping the adventurous spirit will catch on and lots of people will turn out to support us on the day and have a go themselves.
“Alice obviously didn't want to be outdone by her parents and it is spurring me on knowing that she is prepared to do it too.
"My older children are also thinking about taking part so watch this space.”
Supporting Christian Aid is a real family venture - Rev Haslam's husband Mike took part in a 15,000ft twin skydive for the charity earlier this year.
Anybody aged ten and over can take part in the abseil, which runs from 10am to 4pm.
For more information, click the link here or contact Gill Alexander in the Christian Aid West office on 01454-415923.
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