Former England cricketer and sports celebrity Phil Tufnell successfully completed a hair-raising challenge on Saturday 26th September, to abseil Guildford Cathedral, in aid of The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.
The 49-year-old sportsman revealed that, after his recent experience on television show, The Jump, it had given him a newly-acquired fear of heights, so he was determined to overcome this by taking part in the charity abseil. Phil was joined by his wife, Dawn, who had always wanted to do an abseil.
Phil, ambassador of The Children’s Trust, said: “The abseil was terrifying, but I was determined to do this as I always like to do whatever I can to help raise awareness of the charity but it took a bit of persuading! I am very proud of Dawn, who also did this challenge to help me overcome my fright.”
The first part of the challenge required Phil and Dawn to climb the 249 steps to reach the top of Guildford Cathedral’s tower, with its spectacular panoramic views of Guildford and surrounding areas, before abseiling the 160ft tower.
For more information about The Children’s Trust and its fundraising events, visit: www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk
Photography by Andy Newbold and Pete Gardner
Well done to Pete – who was at the top of the tower to take his pictures
About The Children’s Trust:
Every year over 40,000 children in the UK are left with a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness. Many children make a good recovery, but thousands have to live with ongoing, long-term difficulties. The Children’s Trust provides the largest residential brain injury rehabilitation centre in the country. The charity, based at Tadworth, Surrey, also provides nursing and medical care for children with severe disabilities and complex health needs. The Children’s Trust also has an extensive research programme and provides online support for families across the UK. For further information, visit: www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk
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