Clergymen from across the region – including one from the Fylde coast – have come up with an adrenaline-fuelled idea for charity.
Richard Jevons, minister at St Annes Baptist Church in St Andrews Road South, will join other priests and vicars later this month as part of the ‘Revs on a Coaster’ fund-raiser by riding the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
The thrill-seekers want to raise £20,000 for the Children’s Society and Richard said he was excited about the challenge – despite his fear of heights.
He added: “A friend of mine got in touch, asking if I wanted to raise some money for the Children’s Society. When he told me it involved riding the Big One, my immediate reaction was ‘that sounds like fun.’
“The vicars are coming from the Blackpool and Manchester area. Peter Lillicrap, of St Mark’s Church, Layton, is involved. as is the Bishop of Manchester, David Walker.
“I really do not like heights but I love rollercoasters.
“I went a few years ago to Busch Gardens theme park in America which has all manner of rides. I have no problem with rollercoasters – I am one of the few who loves rides but hates heights!”
The Big One, which opened in 1994, is known for being one of the longest rollercoasters in the world, measuring more than a mile in length.
It climbs to a nail-biting height of 235ft and the first drop boasts an incline of 65 degrees reaching speeds of close to 90mph.
The 14 clergymen and women will ride the popular attraction on September 24 for the Children’s Society.
It is hoped the event will raise awareness of the work the charity does, as Richard explained: “When the Children’s Society asked me to ride high for them I couldn’t resist.
“The Children’s Society works with the most disadvantaged children to ensure that they are loved, valued and listened to.
“With them we fight childhood poverty, harm and neglect.
“In hard times, children are among the hardest hit and miss out on so much of what it means to be children. For many, a day on a theme park is a distant dream. By supporting the work of The Children’s Society we don’t just help them survive, we help them flourish.
“Please sponsor me and so help bring joy to children living with poverty or neglect.”
For more information about the ride or to donate visit www.justgiving.com and search for Revs on a Coaster.