Tower challenge pays off

Four intrepid staff from Pughs of Shrewsbury took part in a daring challenge to raise vital charity cash.

Phil Davies, Stuart McDowall, Ian Whitehouse and Paul O’Brien, abseiled 100ft down the tower of St Mary’s Church in Shrewsbury, and their brave efforts have raised £475 for The Churches Conservation Trust.

They joined 300 other people who all took part in the event and the money raised will go to the national charity which is saving historic churches at risk.

The Trust has saved over 340 buildings which attract 1.5 million visitors a year.

Established in 1968, the Trust’s unique collection of English parish churches includes irreplaceable examples of architecture, archaeology, and art from 1,000 years of history.

Pic: At the abseil event are, from left, Phil Davies, Stuart McDowall and Ian Whitehouse. Missing from the photo is Paul O’Brien.