All three bravely took part in a sponsored charity abseil down the Harlow Water Tower last Sunday.
Luke Matthews, Ula Wronska and Karen Leyland joined over 100 other absielers at the annual event organised by the Harlow Tye Rotary club.
Luke from St Therese parish, Laindon and a student at University of Nottingham has completed the abseil once before and again decided to add the ‘novelty factor’ and abseil upside down! He said ‘I wanted to do something different to help the lives of others and what better way than to abseil for CAFOD which is a very worthwhile cause’.
It was the first time for Ula from Poland, and a student at Nottingham Trent University. she said ’I am very thankful to everyone who sponsored me as it is so important to help people who do not have the basic needs in life, It was an amazing experience for me and it was a friendly and fun atmosphere.
Karen who is the CAFOD parish volunteer for Our Lady and St Joseph , Stanford Le Hope and holds regular coffee mornings to raise money for CAFOD. said’ I have seen the annual abseil advertised many times and thought now was the time to do it! The organisers were really good and made everyone feel at ease. I really enjoyed the day and know that the money pledged will make such a difference to people who don’t have enough water and food.
So far the trio have raised over £1,500 thanks to friends, family and parishioners from their local churches in Essex and in Nottingham.
Denise Grierson, Diocesan Manager said’ “We’re so proud of Luke, Ula and Karen. To set themselves such a personal challenge and support those in desperate need around the world is inspirational. By taking part in the Harlow Water Tower abseil and fundraising for CAFOD they are making a real difference to the lives of people living in poverty. CAFOD would like to thank them for all their support.”