Annette to tackle her fear of heights

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EX-navy wren Annette McHugh is set to tackle her fear of heights head-on in a charity abseil from the roof of St Pancras International Station in London on Friday.

Mrs McHugh, 57, of Fareham, hopes to raise £10,000 for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust and is attempting the daring feat with her son Lance Corporal Patrick McHugh, 24, who serves in 40 Commando.

The sports-mad former navy physical training instructor has served as a tennis umpire at Wimbledon for the last 22 years and recently officiated at the Olympic Games.

She said: ‘It’s been a really busy summer and I haven’t really had much time to prepare for this, but I am sort of looking forward to it.

‘In the navy, we did adventurous training so I’ve abseiled on Snowdon and Ben Nevis before but I’ve never done anything as high as this before. It’s going to be a good 340ft high.

‘I have always enjoyed a challenge and this will certainly be a challenge as I have a fear of heights.

‘This will be both the most terrifying and exhilarating experience of my life but more importantly it will help raise a fantastic sum for a very worthwhile cause.’

The Take the Leap challenge, organised by the Royal Marines Charitable Trust, is also being attempted by TV broadcaster Suzi Perry and Matt Warren, editor of The Lady magazine.

They will all abseil from the roof of the iconic St Pancras station from 1pm on Friday.

Mrs McHugh said: ‘Patrick is going to be my buddy on the way down. I’m so proud of my son being in the Royal Marines and I wanted him to think ‘‘mum’s still got it’’ so that pride can go both ways.’

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