Beating fear to take on the Shard for charity

Simon Allen (on the right) is abseiling down The Shard in London to raise money for a charity supporting Royal Marines.   Pictured with his Royal Marine son Luke.
Simon Allen (on the right) is abseiling down The Shard in London to raise money for a charity supporting Royal Marines. Pictured with his Royal Marine son Luke.
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THE father of a Royal Marine Commando will abseil down the Shard for charity in spite of being scared of heights.

Simon Allen, 48, is taking the Take The Leap challenge on Europe’s tallest building on September 3, alongside Prince Andrew, to raise money for the Commando Spirit Appeal.

He raised £26,000 for the Royal Marines’ Charitable Trust Fund’s Commando Spirit Appeal, in the Escape of the Dunker challenge. The Dunker is used to train Marines, like his son Luke, to escape from ditched aircraft.

Simon says beating his fear on the 310m building cannot compare to Marines’ bravery.

“The boys go out there and get shot at which anyone would fear, so jumping off the Shard is the least I can do,” he said “Luke served in Afghanistan in 2010 whilst he returned a stronger man, 14 of his friends did not return.”

To sponsor him visit www.justgiving.com/Simon-Allen2