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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Daring Rev Ken scales new heights for soldiers

Daredevil Workington vicar the Rev Ken Wright has raised more than £1,000 by abseiling from the top of Blackpool’s Big Dipper rollercoaster.

ABSEILING: Reverend Ken Wright heads down Blackpool’s Big Dipper

The hospital chaplain and former soldier was one of 40 people who took part in the fund-raising event for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity last week.

He climbed 420 steps to reach the top of the ride before abseiling 250ft down.

It was the latest adventure for Ken, 76, of Ruskin Close, High Harrington, who also enjoys motorcycling.

As well as the thrill of the challenge, Ken found the experience humbling as he met other participants, including an 89-year-old Normandy veteran – the only participant at the event older than him – and an Afghanistan veteran who had lost both legs and an arm.

Ken said: “I had a great time talking to several young soldiers who had served in Afghanistan. They are a credit to not only the army but also to this country.”

Ken, who is keen to do things now that he could not afford to do in his younger years, is already wondering what challenge to take on next year and has not ruled out a repeat of the mammoth abseil.

To support Ken’s fund-raising efforts, visit www.justgiving.com/Rev-Ken

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