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
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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