Bishop Andrew took part in a sponsored relay climb of the tower of Guildford Cathedral to raise much needed funds for Guildford Town Centre Chaplaincy. The Chaplaincy is celebrating its tenth anniversary of serving the people of the town through its Street Angels, Community Angels and Volunteer Chaplains community projects.
The “Be an Angel” appeal is targeted to raise £30k towards its work in this anniversary year.
Bishop Andrew joined a team of 44 supporters to make 100 ascents of the tower, or 50,000 steps. The target of 50,000 steps represents the number of people the Street Angels have helped in their first 10 years of operation. In fact, the team doubled their target, achieving 100,000 steps, with every extra step being a blessing towards the future. The team’s efforts raised a record £8,500 for the chaplaincy. Chaplain Rod Boreham clocked up a record 13 ascents, equivalent to 220 flights of stairs.
Bishop Andrew said:
"I was delighted to join in with the 50,000 Steps initiative on behalf of the Town Centre Chaplaincy and the Guildford Street Angels. I was privileged to spend part of a night with the Street Angels a little while back, and saw at first hand their incredible work, bringing compassion, protection, hope and practical care to the streets of our wonderful town".
Bishop Andrew joined a team of supporters of the Chaplaincy representing the wider community, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Guildford, Canon Paul Smith (Guildford Cathedral), Rev Andrew Norman (St Nicholas Church), Rev Philip Jones (URC), Lady Elizabeth Toulson, and a pair of elves from the Experience Guildford Team.
Town Centre Chaplain, Rod Boreham said:
“I am so grateful that almost two thirds of funds have already been raised towards our £30,000 target for this year, but we still have some way to go. This will be one of my final events as Town Centre Chaplain before my retirement in December, I had planned for a more gentle wind down as I’m not getting any younger! This team challenge has inspired supporters from all walks of life to sponsors us – our Angelic volunteers make huge contributions to the character and wellbeing of our town, and we really need new funding to enable us to continue our work”.
During Rod’s tenure as Chaplain, the Street Angels have won many awards and accolades, including the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2016.
Anyone wishing to donate to the “Be an Angel” to support the work of the Chaplaincy should the Town Centre Chaplaincy website.