Priest raises cash for Africa relief

Pictured is Father Kevin Crinks in St Marys Church, Leigh, taking part in his sponsored sleepover in aid of East African drought victims
Pictured is Father Kevin Crinks in St Marys Church, Leigh, taking part in his sponsored sleepover in aid of East African drought victims

A KIND-HEARTED priest and his dog have raised hundreds of pounds for famine victims after completing an overnight stay in an historic church tower.

Father Kevin Crinks and his 11-year-old Labrador Billy scaled the bell tower at St Mary’s Church, Leigh, for a sleep-over to raise funds for the relief effort in East Africa, after the region was hit with its most severe drought in 60 years.

Fr Crinks, 48, said: “The support we received was fantastic and we were delighted to raise more than £900. This will be sent to the region via Christian Aid, which works directly with relief agencies on the ground.”