Leap of faith as fundraisers abseil Wakefield Cathedral

15th May 2012.   Archaeologists carry out excavation work inside Wakefield Cathedral, as part of the multi-million pound redevelopment scheme.
15th May 2012. Archaeologists carry out excavation work inside Wakefield Cathedral, as part of the multi-million pound redevelopment scheme.
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Daredevils will descend Wakefield Cathedral tomorrow in a daring fundraising event.

Around 25 people will take part in the abseil, including three staff from homelessness organisation Wakefield Rent Deposit Scheme.

The scheme helps people struggling to find housing and provides food cards for the poor.

Staff from Halifax bank and Iris Restaurant will also take part in the fundraiser.

It will be the first cathedral abseil since the building was transformed with a major refurbishment project.

The year-long refurbishment scheme cost £3m and created a new look cathedral nave with improved lighting, flooring, heating and sound systems.

Terry Rigg, the cathedral’s community fundraiser, said: “It is the first abseil since the cathedral project was completed and we have quite a variety of people doing it.

“Although the project has been completed, we still have ongoing costs for the cathedral.”

The abseil, which will start at 10am, has been organised by Wakefield’s 299 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers.