A parish event with a difference took place last Saturday at the Europa Hotel, Belfast.
A team of members of Tartaraghan parish along with several friends undertook an abseil down the Europa Hotel to raise money for a visual aid system for the church and for the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. Over £3,300 was raised in sponsorship by the 20 people who took part, most of whom had never done it before.
It all began when parishioner Ivan Rodgers volunteered to abseil down the church tower at Tartaraghan in aid of church funds. Due to the cost of insurance, this would be prohibitive, but churchwarden Doris Killow was determined not to let the idea go and a plan took shape involving the Europa Hotel, where regular abseils take place in aid of charity.
By then, no less than 20 people had volunteered to join Ivan and take part and they were supported on the day by a large number of other parishioners and friends. Among those who took part was the rector’s son, Jonathan Hilliard.