High hopes for abseil

Mayor of Kirklees, Coun Eric Firth with Mike Field of the West Riding. Mike will be doing the mayor's charity absail in March. (d13021241)
Mayor of Kirklees, Coun Eric Firth with Mike Field of the West Riding. Mike will be doing the mayor's charity absail in March. (d13021241)
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The Mayor of Kirklees will test his nerve when he leads the way during a sponsored abseil.

Coun Eric Firth and dozens of volunteers will abseil down the University of Huddersfield’s main building on March 8 to raise cash for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Coun Firth (Lab, Dews East) said: “I said that this year I wanted to combine fundraising with fun. I think that’s the way to get more people involved.

“I’ve never abseiled before but I’m looking forward it.”

Among those stepping up for the eight-storey abseil is Mike Field, a partner at the West Riding pub in Dewsbury.

Mr Field said he did not hesitate when the mayor asked.

He said: “I took about two seconds to think about it. If I’d taken four, I would have said no!

“I had a head for heights when I was younger but I don’t know if I do now.”

Meanwhile, staff at the Reporter Series hope readers will get behind three of our own team.

Managing director Helen Oldham, editor Hannah Ridgeway and photographer Jake Oakley will all be taking part.

Coun Firth said: “We’ve got lots of volunteers and the intention is to raise lots and lots.

“If it does raise as much as I expect, it would be fantastic.”

To join in, contact the mayor’s office on 01484 221904.