Vicar reaches for the skies for his church

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A VICAR is set to scale Yorkshire’s highest points to do his bit for his church.

Geoffrey Hollingsworth of All Saints’ in Pocklington is to tackle the Three Peaks in the Dales to, a total of 24 miles and a combined climbing height of 2142 metres.

The adventurous clergyman, who abseiled down All Saints’ tower last year to raise cash, is also in charge of eight other churches in villages around Pocklington and is hoping to raise money for each of them.

He said: “I have been vicar of these nine churches for just over a year, I have become aware of how hard each congregation is working to raise funds.

“ A church does not receive any funding from any outside agencies but is totally dependent on the generosity of the congregation. I would like to do my part.”

Revd Hollingsworth says he will be tackling the peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen y Ghent with enthusiasm, admitting that he is already a keen walker. He also saw it as a challenge to coincide with the beginning of Lent.

He added: “I always encourage people to give up something or take on something for Lent, so this is my challenge. It’s good because it’s all part of learning discipline and developing strength of character.

“I’m really looking forward to it - I enjoy walking and love the Yorkshire Dales. It will be tough because there’s not only 24 miles of walking, but three climbs over 700 metres each.

“I will aim to do it in one day but it depends on the weather and I would like to enjoy it!”

Revd Hollingsworth will take on the peaks in the first week of April, and is now looking for sponsorship. Forms are available from All Saints’ Church in Pocklington, with people able to specify which church within the Pocklington Church Group the money should go to.