Payal Gordhan is all set to leap 15,000ft from an aeroplane this Sunday (Pentecost) to help raise money for Holy Name of Jesus church in Great Barr.

The church recently found that its roof, being nearly 80 years old, was in urgent need of major repair. The parish had to act as water started to run down the interior walls and damage the organ.

Parishioners pulled together to raise £50,000, and the church also secured a £25,000 grant from the Poor Parishes’ Fund, but need nearly £175,000 more to pay for the repairs. 

In a bid to raise awareness and to boost the funds, brave Payal will take to the skies and take a ‘leap of faith’ from Hinton Airfield. Payal's fundraising has raised at least £1,000 thus far.

She says “I have never done this before, I’ll be having a blessing at 8am Mass before the jump- I’m trying not to think about the jump itself too much!”

Please visit Holy Name’s webpage for more information, and if you would like to make a donation.