Daredevils to abseil down Hanley church tower
MORE than 200 intrepid fund-raisers will be taking a leap off an historic bell tower.
Between Friday and Sunday, the daredevils will abseil down the bell tower at St John's Church in Hanley.
The one off event will see fund-raisers earn sponsorship for a range of charities.
The event is organised by marketing agency, Atelier Eighty Two.
The former St John's Church has lain empty for some years but its new owners Tim Davies and Simon Linford are working on a plan to breathe new life into the listed building.
The first stage will focus on the historic bell tower and restoration of the bells to turn the church into a national bell ringing centre of excellence.
Talks are also being held to open a restaurant in the church.
As well as supporting other charities, the abseil will raising funds to contribute to the huge cost of the restoration of the building.
Experienced firefighters will be involved in running the abseil lines to ensure the highest levels of safety.
Event manager Lionel Bunting said: "This is a very exciting project and a very exciting event.
"We have so much planned and there are many people involved who are also raising money, not only for the Hanley Bells Trust, but for other charities too."
To take part in the abseil, participants are being asked to raise at least £100 for their chosen charity or project.
In addition to this there is a nominal registration fee which will go towards the Hanley Bells Trust and to cover operating costs.
To take part, go to www. churchabseil.eventbrite.com.