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Abseil is a record-breaker

Queensferry Care abseilers at Queensferry Rotary Club's abseil event

Queensferry Care abseilers at Queensferry Rotary Club's abseil event

Last Sunday’s Forth Bridge Abseil exceeded all records by raising well over £80,000 for charitable groups.

Organised by Queensferry Rotary Club, the event saw 322 people take the 165 foot leap from the bridge to the foreshore.

Graham Clarkson, head of the organising committee, said: “This is an amazing figure to achieve.

“It reflects the courage and commitment of the abseilers who took part and the hard work and dedication of the Rotary members and charity organisers whose unstinting efforts ensured unparalleled support for the event.”

Rotary Club president Iain Fairbairn added: “What a wonderful result.

“We raised over £80,000 but there is still a considerable amount of sponsorship, donations and Just Giving revenue to come in.”

The adopted charities this year who received the greatest proportion of the total funds raised, once expenses were deducted, were Alzheimer Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Locally, over 30 volunteers raised over £9000 for Queensferry Care, the oldest being Jean Sibbald (80), who raised more than £1700 for the local charity. Others included Andrew Frater (£1500) and Catherine Lambe (£800).

 

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