Lord Mayor takes a leap


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The Lord Mayor of Bradford led the way for a group of courageous fundraisers last weekend as he scaled down the towering Jury’s Inn Hotel in the city.

Councillor Khadim Hussain, who officially stepped down from his duties as Lord Mayor on Tuesday, took on a daring abseil challenge in one of his final pushes to raise money for his Lord Mayor’s Charity - Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure.

CHALLENGE: The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Khadim Hussain, abseiled down a hotel in the city for charity last weekend

CHALLENGE: The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Khadim Hussain, abseiled down a hotel in the city for charity last weekend

On Saturday 7th June, he was joined by more than 50 volunteers, including students from Grange Technology College, braving atrocious rainy conditions to complete the tricky challenge.

Unfortunately the teddy bear zip wire could not go ahead due to the rain yet it did not stop the group from clambering down the daunting site.

The abseil, now in its eleventh year, has previously raised thousands of pounds for a variety of local charities and although no exact figure has been released yet, this latest event was deemed a success.

Speaking before heading down the building, The Lord Mayor was in good spirits adding that he was more than happy to take it on to raise vital funds for his cause.

He said: “I am really looking forward to the event, there will be a great view of the City if I dare to open my eyes.

“I hope people of all ages will sign up to take part to raise money.”

VOLUNTEERS: The Lord Mayor was joined by more than 50 volunteers despite the downpour of rain making the challenge even harder

VOLUNTEERS: The Lord Mayor was joined by more than 50 volunteers despite the downpour of rain making the challenge even harder

Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure was picked by the Lord Mayor as his charity of choice at the start of his term in office last year, and was inspired by the achievements of his autistic grandson, Mohammad Hudhayfah.

The final total raised this year has yet to be revealed, but Coun Hussain said he had succeeded in highlighting the achievements of disabled people.

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