The Revd Canon Dr Alan Bartlett and Rebecca Wilson get in some mountain training before the towering challenge.

 The Revd Canon Dr Alan Bartlett and Rebecca Wilson get in some mountain training before the towering challenge.

The Revd Canon Dr Alan Bartlett and Rebecca Wilson get in some mountain training before the towering challenge.
Forty people will climb the tower at Durham Cathedral 385 times on Thursday (May 15) in an attempt to equal the height of Everest to raise money for charity. The initiative, backed by Saint John’s College, Durham University, and including many of its students, will raise funds for the Edith Jackson Trust, which supports the development of education in South Sudan. Working in partnership with the Episcopal Church of Sudan, the Trust helps people of all faiths and none. It builds schools, train teachers and support orphans and children from the poorest families who cannot afford to go to school. The Edith Jackson Trust, which is based in the Diocese of Durham, is partnered by Durham churches (both Anglican and Methodist) as well as schools and colleges. This latest effort is part of an effort to raise £10,000 for new latrines and to train teachers. The Chair of the Trust,The Revd Canon Dr. Alan Bartlett, Vicar of St Giles’ and Priest in Charge of St Mary’s Sherburn & St Cuthbert’s Shadforth and a Canon of the Cathedral said: “The need is huge. “The Trust opened its first school in Rokon, Southern Sudan, in 2011, a former front line area in the long civil war. The link with Durham was forged by Rt. Revd. Bishop Francis Loyo, the Rokon diocesan Bishop, whom I tutored when he studied at Saint John’s College in Durham.Despite recent serious fighting in the village, the school is safe and still functioning.” Rebecca Wilson, fundraising co-ordinator for the Trust, said: “Everest is the highest point on earth and if we are going to aim to conquer something we might as well conquer the highest. The school in south Sudan is in great need at the moment.” You can support the fundraising at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/stjohnsteam

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