Jon survives fund-raising challeng on Ilkley Moor Baht'at - but with crash helmet!!

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A YORKSHIRE letting agent has scaled new heights in his bid to help a nine-year-old boy with cerebral palsy walk independently for the first time.

Jon Graham, who works for residential letting specialists Linley & Simpson, took part in a challenge on Ilkley Moor baht'at - but with a safety helmet as he abseiled down the landmark Cow and Calf rocks.

Thirty-year-old Jon, manager of Linley & Simpson's branch in Brook Street, Ilkley, joined other agents from across the town in raising money to help send Ben Smithson to America for life-changing surgery.

Jon Graham at the top of the Cow and Calf rocksJon Graham at the bottom of the Cow and Calf rocks

Jon said: "The Ilkley community is doing what it can to help Ben and his family fulfil their dream and raise the £45,000 needed to pay for this specialist surgery.

"Letting and estate agents in the town decided to rally round Ben's Wish To Walk campaign by taking part in a sponsored abseil down one of Ilkley's most famous attractions.

"It was the first time I have done an abseil and the weather made it quite a daunting experience as it got quite wild standing at the top looking down.

"I've stood at the top of the rocks many times to admire the beautiful views. The abseil was just as breathtaking - but for different reasons!"

The Cow and Calf is a large rock formation and is so named because one is large, with the smaller one sitting close to it, like a cow and calf. Legend has it that there was once also a "bull", but that was quarried for stone during the spa town boom Ilkley was part of in the 19th century. However, none of the local historians has provided any evidence of the bull's existence.


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