Former Mayor takes a leap of faith for charity

Published: Tue 11th October, 2022

  • Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson with Cllr Paul Baines and his team ahead of the abseil
    Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson with Cllr Paul Baines and his team ahead of the abseil

A former Mayor of Charnwood braved the heights of a cathedral to abseil 200 feet in the spirit of raising money for charity.

Cllr Paul Baines was joined by a team of friends to complete the abseil at Derby Cathedral on Saturday October 8, in aid of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

Cllr Paul Baines, who served as Mayor of Charnwood from 2021-22, said: “This was a fantastic experience, well worth doing to raise money for Rainbows.

“I've not properly abseiled for nearly 30 years, except for a short 50 foot practice run a week ago; and certainly not down 202 feet before so it was a bit daunting at times!

“It was a great morning and to say I completed it with my team and got us all back alive is a great feeling!”

Rainbows is the chosen charity of the current Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson who was at Derby Cathedral to support Cllr Baines and his team.

The team has so far raised over £1,600 for the Loughborough based charity, which supports children and young people who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. You can find out more about the charity on our webpage.

If you wish to donate to the charity abseil, please visit their JustGiving page.