Bury St Edmunds: Father of Royal Marine to abseil down The Shard with Prince Andrew

THE father of a Royal Marine will abseil 309 metres down The Shard to raise money for charity.

Self-employed Simon Allen, 48, from The Elms, in Horringer, will join HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York and 13 others descending from Europe’s tallest building on September 3.

Mr Allen, who has pledged to raise �25,000 for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF), said he was inspired by his son Luke who serves with 40 Commando.

He added: “Luke served in Afghanistan in 2010 and whilst he has returned a stronger man, 14 of his friends didn’t return and almost one hundred men were injured, from broken arms and legs to triple amputees.

“The money raised goes to the needy families of the men killed in action, as well as those that return from operations with either mental or physical challenges they didn’t have pre-operation. The MOD does its best, but sometimes its best isn’t enough and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund fills the gap.”

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To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Simon-Allen2

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