Smooth radio presenter climbs five iconic church spires for Global’s Make Some Noise

Gareth Evans, Smooth Radio’s breakfast presenter, faced his ultimate fear this week when he climbed iconic church spires across East Midlands to raise money and awareness for the charity Global’s Make Some Noise.

The Smooth Radio presenter has a genuine, mortal fear of heights so the Smooth Radio East Midlands team sent him up iconic church spires across the region in the name of their charity, Make Some Noise.

Make Some Noise gives a voice and a lifeline to small projects and charities across the UK that help disadvantaged youngsters, but which struggle to be heard. It gives them a platform to tell their story, helping young people who are living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity. One of those charities is the Children’s Bereavement Centre in Newark which offers support and guidance for children, youngsters and their families who are affected by terminal illness, death or parental separation.

Gareth Evans, Smooth Radio’s breakfast presenter, said: “This was a big challenge for me as I have a great fear of heights. It hasn’t been easy but the view from the top of each church spire has been terrifying but very rewarding.”

On Monday, he began his challenge climbing 154 steps of the Crooked Spire in Chesterfield. He then moved onto Derby Cathedral, the second tallest parish church in the country, where he managed to walk out on the rooftop by the flagpole.

On Tuesday, Gareth climbed the vertical ladder in Leicester Cathedral Tower, taking him 220 feet high, before moving onto Newark St. Mary Magdalene Church, where he walked all around the spire when he reached the top.

Wednesday was his biggest challenge: Lincoln Cathedral. Standing 271 feet high, Gareth bravely stepped onto the rooftop where views stretch for up to 30 miles around him.

Over three days he has climbed a total of 998 steps for Make Some Noise. You can still support Gareth’s climb and donate to Smooth Radio’s charity, Make Some Noise here.

Today, the fourth annual Make Some Noise appeal day will see Smooth Radio presenters including Gareth Evans, Kate Garraway and Myleene Klass join together with listeners for a day of special guests, presenter challenges and amazing auction prizes. To find out how to join in and raise money, go to