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Politician abseil for charity

Labour candidate, Josh Fenton-Glynn, doing abseil at Rokt climbing gym, in aid of Forget Me Not Trust

Labour candidate, Josh Fenton-Glynn, doing abseil at Rokt climbing gym, in aid of Forget Me Not Trust

Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Calder Valley set aside his fear of heights to complete an abseil in aid of a locally loved charity.

Josh Fenton-Glynn, descended 100 feet down an abseiling wall at Rokt Climbing Gym, Brighouse, to fundraise for children’s hospice Forget Me Not, Huddersfield.

Mr Fenton-Glynn said: “I spoke to Rokt about generating business support for the voluntary sector. They thought an abseil was a good idea - the fact I’m terrified of heights; even better!”

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s abseil, Mr Fenton-Glynn said: “I feel absolutely terrified. I keep telling myself ‘don’t look down.’

“But, it’s for a fantastic cause - Calderdale is where most of Forget Me Not’s patients come from - it’s a charity close to all of our hearts. I hope to keep strong relations with as I plan to do more fundraising throughout the year.”

The 30-year-old’s friends, family and well-wishers turned out to support and cheer him on.

Mr Fenton-Glynn was supposed to abseil down an external wall but strong winds forced the politician to complete the abseil indoors.

Speaking after the successful abseil which raised £1,000 for Forget Me Not, Mr Fenton-Glynn said: “The worst bit was stepping off the edge, it felt totally unnatural - the instructor had to coach me through it.”

He celebrated the conquering of his fear of heights by relaxing with friends and family.

Online donations can be made at virginmoneygiving.com/team/caldervalleylabourparty

 

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