Church helper in roof fall

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A WIGAN pensioner suffered a fractured skull in a fall from a church roof.

John Harrison – who has now been discharged from hospital – was clearing leaves and autumnal debris from the gutters at St Mary’s CofE Church, Lower Ince, when he is believed to have lost his footing.

Husband of a church warden, Mr Harrison, a retired grandfather who lives in Fir Tree Drive, Spring View, is believed to have fallen at least 8ft, banging his head on the path.

Three other members of the congregation were on the roof at the same time, and immediately called the emergency services who rushed Mr Harrison to Wigan Infirmary.

Mr Harrison, a popular member of the church bowling team, remained conscious throughout his ordeal.

He is now believed to be continuing his recovery at home, where he has received the good wishes of many church members.

Vicar of St Mary’s the Rev David Long and Mr Harrison’s wife, church warden Mrs Dorothy Harrison, declined to comment on the incident.

The fall is included in the latest edition of the monthly parish magazine, Outlook.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) confirmed today that it had no jurisdiction to act in the case of volunteers who are injured carrying out work on religious buildings.