Charity trek for church

David Taylor-Gooby pictured with St Cuthberts Church parishoners (left to right) Stephen Pickering, Ann Sanderson, John Sanderson, Dorothy Greenwood and Dorothy Stephens.

David Taylor-Gooby pictured with St Cuthberts Church parishoners (left to right) Stephen Pickering, Ann Sanderson, John Sanderson, Dorothy Greenwood and Dorothy Stephens.

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A PARISHIONER is limbering up for a gruelling charity climb in a bid to raise much-needed cash for a town church.

A drive is under way to raise money for St Cuthbert’s Church in Manor Way, Peterlee.

David Taylor-Gooby and his brother Peter, a professor based in Canterbury, Kent, are due to set off on a sponsored trek up Morocco’s Mount Toubkal, which measures 13,671ft, on Saturday.

The church community wants to renovate its church hall to make it more accessible to a wider range of people.

Supporters believe that as the church is situated near the town centre, the hall could be used for all kinds of events to benefit not just the church, but the whole community.

But before this can happen, the hall needs to be renovated.

Mr Taylor-Gooby, a former East Durham College lecturer, said: “We have raised some money already, but we still have a mountain to climb, so I am going to climb a real mountain – Mount Toubkal in Morocco, with my brother Peter to raise some money.”

The 68-year-old added that he aims to raise £500, which would go a long way towards paying for a hot water boiler, as at the moment the church is relying on kettles.

David, who is married to Maureen and has two step-children, has already scaled Mont Blanc in the Alps twice, and says that to prepare for his latest expedition he has been swimming and going on long walks.

David, who is a former District of Easington councillor and is currently chairman of the Apollo Pavilion Community Association, as well as a lay member of the Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The climb sounds pretty tough. I just hope I can manage it.”

He and his brother will be part of a group on the trek, which will see their equipment carried by donkey.

The 55-year-old church needs £160,000 for a revamp including a new roof, toilets upgrade and new and upgraded disabled facilities.

David can be sponsored by calling 587 0008 or by emailing David.Taylorgooby@btinternet.com.