News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

UK News

73-year-old 'daredevil' wing-walks for Wakefield Cathedral

by Tola Mbakwe

Marta Smith said she has always been an adventurous person and was thinking of a fundraising challenge after raising more than £2,000 by abseiling the 32 metres down the Cathedral tower back in September 2015.

"I have never been afraid of heights. I am an optimist and a trusting person; I know they will not drop me," she said.

"And I have always been a bit of a daredevil. I was a very daring toddler; as far as I remember, my mother was always sewing what clothing I had ripped that day climbing trees or something."

Smith, who turns 74 soon, told Premier she goes to the gym regularly, and does tai chi and yoga all the time.

She's been a member of the Cathedral since the early 1990s and told Premier it means a lot to her.

"The cathedral is an open building. You should see the amount of people that walk through those doors to find an oasis of peace," she said.

"The cathedral is just a wonderful space. You just sit there and think 'I'm at peace' and if you I can do anything for a place like that I will."

Smith reached her £5,000 fundraising goal which will help create a new Song School at the Cathedral and renovate facilities.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email