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Tara takes the plunge

A Windsor and Maidenhead funeral director swapped funeral attire for a tracksuit and safety harness to take a charitable plunge.

Tara McKay from The Co-operative Funeralcare in Dedworth Road, Windsor and High Street, Maidenhead, abseiled 100ft from the top of the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, raising over £400 for the Neuro Intensive Care Ward in the process.

“It was quite terrifying getting over the edge and looking down,” she admitted. “But once I got going, the adrenalin kicked in and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Tara travelled 30 miles to attempt her charity feat for very personal reasons. “My partner, Lee, was critically ill last year, following an error in a routine operation,” she explained. “He was transferred to the Neuro Intensive Care Ward where he spent three months.” Lee accompanied Tara for the abseil.

“Lee’s health is now more or less back to normal and I can’t thank the team of staff on the ward enough,” Tara added. “If it hadn’t have been for the treatment he received, our situation would have been extremely different. Hopefully the funds raised will enable the ward to help another family.”

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