Long way down for someone scared of heights

By Mal Butler

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Long way down for someone scared of heights

The Rev Marcus Bagg, left, Chris Taylor and Emily Bagg, who will be abseilling down this church tower for Christian Aid. Picture by Laura Holme.

A BUILDING maintenance worker, who is scared of heights, and a vicar are among 40 people who plan to abseil down 75ft from the top of St Mary’s Church, Carisbrooke, for charity.

Chris Taylor, from Brighstone, the Rev Marcus Bagg and his wife, Emily, will make the attempt on November 5 to raise money for Christian Aid.

Chris, 49, a member of the Apex Church, Cowes, said: "I’m up and down a ladder all day but I really don’t like heights.

"I’ve never abseiled before and I will just have a harness on and take it from there.

"I was baptised in September on Brighstone beach and I wanted to give something back.

"I’ve always supported Christian Aid and this seemed the ideal time to do it and raise money for poorer countries in Africa."

Mr Bagg, vicar of St Mary’s, will also be doing the abseil, with his wife.

He said: "Last year, the community rallied round St Mary’s after the arson attack. This is our chance to come together as a community once again, this time for communities in need overseas."

There will be an afternoon session starting around 3pm and an evening session, with fireworks in the background. Chris is hoping to abseil between 4pm and 5pm.

Donations can be made through the church or you can visit www.justgiving.com/christopher-taylor4.

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