Woman abseils Spinnaker Tower to raise money for Christian groups against violence

Sat 18 Aug 2018
By Cara Bentley

The co-founder of a campaign to end violence through churches is abseiling the Portsmouth landmark. 

Mandy Marshall, also the co-director of the charity Restored, is abseiling the tower to raise money for her anti-abuse charity. 

Restored is an alliance of Christian organisations, working with men and churches to teach them how they can be a catalyst in ending violence against women. They specifically work with churches by encouraging them to speak up about abuse and be an influence on the rest of society. 

Writing on the campaign page, she explains why she is doing it: "This year has seen the launch of the ground breaking research into levels of domestic abuse amongst churchgoers in Cumbria. This is the first of it's kind in the UK. The results show that 1 in 4 churchgoers had suffered domestic abuse and six women were living in fear of their lives.

"It is this kind of statistic that we exist to change. We want to see churches trained to identify abuse and to respond appropriately and effectively when it is disclosed."

She's been campaigning on twitter. 

She wrote on facebook: "It's hard to top a Wing Walk but I think this one is challenging enough. I'm abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. I co-founded Restored 8 years ago and we have achieved huge amounts with your generous support. 

The Bishop of Gloucester has tweeted her support:

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