A GRANDFATHER proved he has nerves of steel - or is that steeple? - when he abseiled down a church to raise money for charity.
Adrian Buckland, 76, of The Fairway,South Ruislip, tackled the tower of St Barnabas Church in Gloucester to raise money for The Stroke Association.
He managed to raise £1,109.80, winning him the prize for the most funds raised from the stunt.
Mr Buckland was inspired to take part after seeing an article in a
Gloucester newspaper about the event which featured his cousin, himself a stroke victim.
But this is not the first time Mr Buckland has undertaken a daunting challenge for charity.
Five years ago he walked the London Loop for Diabetes UK, and he has also walked the entire 180mile Thames Path for the Maire Curie Cancer Trust.
Safely back on the ground, Mr Buckland said: "I am satisfied I did it. I have never done an abseil before."