REVEREND Craig Bentley should have completed his 500 climbs of St Mark's church tower to a height exceeding that of Everest.

Regrettably, lockdown 2 brought all plans to an abrupt halt, leaving Craig still at base camp.

Despite the postponement of the climb donations already exceed £1,400 to be shared between St Mark's and the International Nepal fellowship.

Craig is determined to complete the challenge and has set a new date of 18 January 2021 to start his ascent.