A WASHBURN Valley clergyman is fasting to raise funds for a farming charity.

The Rector of the Benefice of Washburn and Mid-Wharfe, Reverend Stephen McCaulay, is sticking to a limit of just 800 calories a day during Lent.

The money he raises in sponsorship will go to the Farming Community Network. Giving an update in the latest edition of the Washburn Valley & Mid-Wharfe Churches parish magazine, he said: “I am managing to stick to my 800 calories each day. So far - as of March 10 - I have lost 13 pounds since Ash Wednesday.

“I have also planned, in detail, what I will be eating on Easter Day!”

Rev McCaulay can be sponsored at https://www.gofundme.com/f/gofundmecomfarmingcommunitynetwork-lent2020. The April edition of the parish magazine can be viewed online at http://www.fewstonwithblubberhouses.org.uk/church-life/parish-magazine.