Vicar to climb peaks to raise much-needed funds for churches

Reverend Geoff Hollingsworth.
Reverend Geoff Hollingsworth.

A vicar is set to pull on his walking shoes and climb the three highest peaks in Yorkshire to raise vital funds for churches in the area.

Reverend Geoff Hollingsworth, who is the vicar of the Pocklington Group of Churches, is gearing up to conquer the mountains of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, which is a total climb of about 7,000 feet.

He climbed the three peaks in 2011, and is aiming to repeat the feat in the first week of April.

Rev Hollingsworth, who is 62 on Thursday (19 March), said: “It will be a challenge but I would like to try.

“I am looking for sponsorship for the walk in order to raise some money for our churches. Each of our nine congregations work very hard throughout the year raising money for the upkeep of our churches and for their ministry. Each church is beautiful and we are so fortunate to have these churches in our villages but they are expensive to maintain and I look for the support of the wider community in helping us to maintain them for use of the whole community.”

The Pocklington Group of Churches consists of churches in Pocklington, Burnby, Givendale, Hayton, Huggate, Londesborough, Millington, Nunburnholme and Shiptonthorpe. Rev Hollingsworth has produced a separate sponsor form for each of the nine churches and all the money raised on each form is for that church. The forms can be obtained from the church office inside Pocklington’s All Saints’ Church.