Giant leap to help African parish ...

Church of England Mara trip fundraising abseil at Rokt Climbing Gym, Brighouse.'From the left, Sam Gardner, Abibail Acheson, leader Cath MacDonald and Grace Mills.
Church of England Mara trip fundraising abseil at Rokt Climbing Gym, Brighouse.'From the left, Sam Gardner, Abibail Acheson, leader Cath MacDonald and Grace Mills.

Church members have been abseiling their way to Africa in order to go on a trip to help their twin parish in Tanzania.

Abigail Acheson, a member of St Martin’s Parish Church, Brighouse, along with youngsters from the Wakefield Diocese Youth Group, completed their fund raising event at the Rokt Climbing Gym.

In July this year, Abigail along with eight other members of the church will head out to Mara in Tanzania for a two week trip to see the work being carried out in their link parishes.

“It was a great day,” said Abigail. “ We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved at ROKT as it would not have been possible without their support.”

St. Martin’s is linked with the Parish of Bugwema in the Diocese of Mara.

The Diocese of Mara is in the north-west of Tanzania and is about four times the size of the UK, but has only about half the population.

It is one of the ten poorest countries on earth, and most people work on the land, growing food and keeping animals.

In 1986 Bishop David Hope of Wakefield and the then new Bishop of Mara, Gershom Nyaronga, proposed that the two dioceses be twinned, and on July 10th 1988 in Wakefield Cathedral the link covenant was formally signed.