Chancellor heads for new heights

Sir Chris Bonington.
Sir Chris Bonington.

From Everest to Lancaster University’s Bowland Tower, Sir Chris Bonington knows no bounds.

As part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebrations, the chancellor and pioneering mountaineer will step off the landmark tower to raise money for five very different charities.

Sir Chris will lead the charity abseil down the side of Bowland Tower on Sunday, June 22 between 10am and 4pm. He will be joined by 70 thrillseekers, both staff and students, who have all bought tickets to share the experience and raise money for charity.

The event is being run by abseiling experts, Langdale-based Highpoint Mountain Guides, who will provide help and guidance.

Sir Chris is expected to make two descents, one at noon and the other at 2pm, and everyone is welcome to go along and watch.

Sir Chris, who retires as chancellor later this year, has led expeditions that made the first ascents of the South Face of Annapurna and the South West Face of Everest. He realised a dream in 1985 when he reached the summit of Everest.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to abseiling down the Bowland Tower for charity. It is also very fitting to make the abseil to celebrate our 50th anniversary.”

The abseil will raise funds for the Student Hardship Fund, Ageing Research, Food Security, St John’s Hospice in Lancaster and the Dukes Theatre’s ‘MAKE Project’.