Chancellor heads for new heights

Lancaster Universityn chancellor and mountaineer, Sir Chris Bonington.
Lancaster Universityn chancellor and mountaineer, 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 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 thrill seekers, both staff and students, who have all bought tickets to share the experience and raise money for charity.

Sir Chris, who retires as Chancellor later this year,is expected to make two descents, one at noon and the other at 2pm, and everyone is welcome to go along and spectate.

He said: “It will be very special for me in this, my final year, as Chancellor and knowing it’s very much in the tradition of our wonderful university since the Mountaineering Club abseiled it regularly a few years back.

“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’.

An outstanding mountaineer, Sir Chris led the expeditions that made the first ascents of the South Face of Annapurna and the South West Face of Everest.