Published On: Thu, May 1st, 2014 on 3:00 pm

Charity president to abseil down Yorkshire’s tallest church

Wakefield District Sight Aid

Lord St. Oswald is no stranger to danger

The president of a Wakefield charity that supports the visually impaired will abseil down the tallest church in Yorkshire to raise funds.

Lord St. Oswald from the Wakefield District Sight Aid (WDSA) will be abseiling down the Wakefield Cathedral Spire, which stands at a height of approximately 247ft.

He is no stranger to challenges though. In 2005, he helped raise over £30,000 by travelling to Nepal and embarking on a three week trek reaching the Everest Base Camp at 18,000ft.

Everyone is invited to watch and sponsor his abseil, which will be taking place on 31 May in aid of WSDA’s charity appeal.

David Marsh, CEO of the charity, told the Yorkshire Standard: “WDSA have developed their legacy scheme in response to the urgent need to raise money to sustain and develop the service into the mid and long term.

“WDSA supports over 1,000 visually impaired people across Wakefield and is the only local charity providing dedicated support services through home visits, provision of crucial home safety equipment, emotional and practical support and a telephone helpline.”

Wakefield resident Audrey Coldwell found WDSA after she lost her sight due to macular degeneration, an eye condition that generally leads to the gradual loss of central vision.

She said: “I was linked in to a whole range of support networks which enabled me to learn new skills and regain quality in my life.

“WDSA has been a most welcoming and supportive service and I can’t thank their staff enough.”

To find out more about WDSA, please visit

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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