Campaigning for the kids

Daniel Church, aged 7, with the Sugden's silos
Daniel Church, aged 7, with the Sugden's silos

SPORT-mad youngster Daniel Church is delighted that Sugden’s Mill in Brighouse is being turned into a climbing centre - and he hopes it will be used to raise money for charity.

Daniel, aged seven, of Bailiff Bridge, is a keen Echo reader and has been following the progress of plans to convert the distinctive mill into a climbing centre with interest.

A pupil at St John’s School, Clifton, he believes there should be more for children to do in Brighouse town centre and feels a climbing wall will go a long way to filling the gap.

In a letter to the Echo, Daniel wrote: “We are wondering if we could make Sugden’s Mill into a rock-climbing centre for children for raising money for charity - or we could do bungee jumping lessons or it could even be a laser zone centre.

“Perhaps some of the proceeds could go to Sport Relief?”

Daniel’s mum, Esther, said: “As a family we always read the Echo and talk about the stories in it. We have been following the debate over the Sugden’s site and the plans for a climbing wall. Daniel always had lots of ideas and he took it on himself to write a letter.”

Daniel, who has a four-year-old brother Joseph, plays guitar and piano and is a big fan of Halifax Town and Halifax RLFC. He was in the crowd in September when Halifax RLFC beat Featherstone 23-22 to win the Championship.

“I’d love to have a go on the climbing wall and so would my friends. It would be great if they had this in Brighouse for children,” he said.

l Work has started on the £200,000 scheme to convert Sugden’s Mill into a climbing gym. Business partners Euan Noble and Leigh Topping hope to open the climbing centre at the end of March.

What do you think about the scheme to convert Sugden’s Mill into a climbing wall. Let us know your views by emailing stephen.firth@brighouseecho.co.uk or send a letter to Brighouse Echo, West Park Street, Brighouse, HD6 1JW