Wife’s act of bravery for cause

Cory-Ann Taylor, who is to abseil down the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach to raise money for the ABS Soldiers' Charity.
Cory-Ann Taylor, who is to abseil down the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach to raise money for the ABS Soldiers' Charity.
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While her husband is overseas, fighting proudly for his country, Cory-Ann Taylor is planning her very own act of heroism.

Just as Mark Taylor was flying out to Afghanistan, his wife, at home at Weeton Barracks, was approached to help raise money for ABF The Soldier’s Charity.

And rather than turning to the usual bake sales and balloon releases for the cause, Cory-Ann, 27, is taking on a rather more daunting challenge.

She is going to be joining around 40 others to abseil down The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach next month.

The mum-of-two said: “I’m getting really nervous now. I keep driving past it and seeing how big it is, and I’m getting a bit panicky.

“But once I get up there, the quickest way down is to abseil it, so that’s what I’m doing to do. They sprung this on me at a vulnerable time, just after Mark left, but I’ve always been intrigued by things like this.”

Cory-Ann, Mark and their daughters Emmie, four, and Olivia, one, only moved onto the camp last August.

“This has been a great way to meet the people here,” she said.

To boost her sponsorship, Cory-Ann has organised a family fun day at the barracks on May 31, and will do a Blackpool bar crawl on June 1 to get sponsorship from people enjoying a night on the town.

She has a target of £500, and has already raised £350.

She said: “I was only told about this a month ago, so I think I’ve done quite well.

“I’d love to be able to smash £1,000.” She will be abseiling down the Big One on June 3. To sponsor her, visit www.justgiving.com/Cory-Ann-Taylor.