The 'Three Formers' descent helps raise £26000 for CrossReach

The Leap of Faith fundraiser has raised a remarkable £26,000 to support the work of CrossReach, the Church's social care council.

Three Formers abseil
The Three Formers and friends: (from left) Very Rev Dr Russell Barr, Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning, Peter Bailey, Very Rev Dr John Chalmers, and Very Rev Dr Angus Morrison

Billed as 'The Three Formers' a trio of daredevils, who are now retiring from senior posts in the Kirk, joined 15 other brave CrossReach supporters to abseil 165ft down the Forth Rail Bridge to raise money to support Crossreach's work with children and families.

Very Rev Dr John Chalmers, who is retiring from the role of Principal Clerk, joined former Moderator Very Rev Dr Russell Barr and former CrossReach chief executive Peter Bailey to brave the descent from the iconic bridge with just a rope between them and the ground.

The three formers were supported by a group of 15 other CrossReach supporters who also abseiled down from the bridge during the fundraising afternoon. You can still donate.

Dr Chalmers said, "All we had to do was take our courage in both hands for a few minutes; the people we were raising money to help face greater challenges every single day.

"We are deeply grateful to everyone who has given so generously, we enjoyed our day out on the bridge and, for CrossReach, we do it all over again."

The fundraiser will help CrossReach support some of the most vulnerable children in Scotland.

More than £22,000 of the total has been donated through the Forth Bridge Abseil and Leap of Faith Just Giving pages with around £4000 raised offline. And it's not too late to support that life-enhancing work. You can still give to CrossReach through the Leap of Faith Just Giving page.

Abseil team
The Three Formers and 15 other CrossReach supporters took part in the Leap of Faith