Published On: Tue, Jun 24th, 2014 on 3:50 pm

Wakefield Cathedral abseil raises over £1,000 for visually-impaired

Wakefield District Sight Aid Charity Abseil

Lord St. Oswald abseils down the Spire

A Wakefield charity that supports the visually impaired has raised over £1,000 after its president abseiled down Yorkshire’s tallest church.

On 31 May, Lord St. Oswald from the Wakefield District Sight Aid (WDSA) abseiled down the Wakefield Cathedral Spire, which stands at a height of approximately 247ft.

The abseil was part of an appeal set up to sustain and develop the charity’s legacy scheme into the mid and long term, helping support those who are blind and visually impaired.

The charity has now raised over £1,250 from sponsorship and donations.

CEO at WDSA, David Marsh, told the Yorkshire Standard: “I thank all those volunteers and supporters who have helped with this and raised the much needed funds for this local charity, which provides direct services to over 1,000 blind and partially sighted people across the Wakefield District.”

The abseil was just one of the many challenges Lord St. Oswald has braved.

Back 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.

The charity is now looking for new ideas to raise money.

If you have any thoughts, please contact David by emailing

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