It’s a rollercoaster which reaches the heavens – so who better to ride Blackpool’s top attraction than a group of thrill-seeking clergymen?
Priests and vicars from across the region travelled to the resort yesterday to take on the sky-high challenge of riding the Big One – and at the same time raise thousands of pounds for the Children’s Society.
Joined by Blackpool favourite Linda Nolan and ex-Bond girl Shannon Ledbetter, the 20 clergy held onto their dog collars and took their faith to new heights by braving the beastly rollercoaster in the name of charity.
Richard Jevons, minister at St Annes Baptist Church in St Andrews Road South, joined other priests and vicars as they hoped to raise £20,000.
He said: “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 sounded like fun.’
“The vicars have come from all over and include 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.”
A spokesman for the Children’s Society said: “Money raised from the ride will go towards The Children’s Society’s work with some of the UK’s most disadvantaged children, including those living in poverty.
“There are close to four million children living in poverty whose families often struggle to put food on the table. Growing up in poverty can blight a child’s wellbeing and their future chances. For example children in poverty are more likely to have poor mental health and can be less likely to achieve their full potential.”
To donate to the fund raising team visit www.justgiving.com and search for Revs on a Coaster.