Photo: Keith Blundy

Everest tower conquered

Thirty intrepid would-be climbers conquered the Everest tower challenge by climbing Durham Cathedral's tower in aid of charity on May 15th.

The challenge to climb Durham Cathedral's tower 134 times to equal the height of Mount Everest (29,029 feet) was smashed with by climbing it over two hundred times.

The group of challengers, ranging from families with primary school age children, students at St John’s College, Durham University, trainee Anglican vicars at Cranmer Hall, through to older members of the Trust itself set off with great energy and enthusiasm.

At the top of the tower each climber was given a gold star and when they reached the bottom a gold star was added to a picture of Everest, Soon the gold stars began to increase. And in the space of 3 hours the tower was climbed over 200 times – over one and a half times the height of Everest. The fittest students climbed the tower 12 times each.

One family, the Johnsons, (Mum, Dad, 3 children) climbed it 35 times. The Revd Canon Dr Alan Bartlett, Chair of the Trust, fresh back from walking his dog in the morning said:  “As well as raising thousands of pounds for the Trust, the group had a wonderful evening, not least enjoying stunning views over Durham as the sun set. There was a deep sense of camaraderie as each climber was clapped up to the tower. It made the sweat, breathlessness, claustrophobia and vertigo all worth it! This money will pay for toilets in the school in Rokon, South Sudan.”

Helen Bartlett , said: “I took it slowly but surely and made it 7 times. I am really proud of that. It was great fun and am really grateful to everyone who supported me.” Most of the climbers said: ”Let’s do it again next year…”

The Trust would like to thank Sainsbury's in Gilesgate, Durham for sponsoring the climb with water and high energy bars, and gallant member of the media who also climbed the tower.

To support the event, people can give to the Edith Jackson Trust c/o St Giles’ Vicarage, Gilesgate, Durham, DH1 1QQ or you can support the fundraising here

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