Charity boost thanks to Rotary abseil

LAST Sunday’s Forth Bridge Abseil attracted around 170 brave entrants and raised in excess of £20,000 for charity on the day.

The principal charities to benefit from the event organised by the Rotary Club of South Queensferry are Alzheimer Scotland, Scotland’s leading dementia charity, and Maggie’s Centres.

Abseilers also took the plunge on behalf of many other charities including Teenage Cancer Trust, Macmillan Nurses and Queensferry Care.

A team from Radio Lollipop, which provided commentary and music at the event, abseiled for the Sick Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh. Dunfermline Rotary Club fielded a team of seven Rotarians whose ages totalled 439 years. Local couple Joyce Faulkner and Jim McIntosh took part raising funds for Queensferry Care. Jim was the oldest abseiler at the age of 80.

They were joined by Jim Leishman, Provost of Fife, who raised money for the Mary Leishman Foundation, set up in memory of his wife who died of cancer.

Rotarian Graham Clarkson, who chaired the abseil committee said: ‘We couldn’t have wished for better weather. The event has attracted entrants from across Scotland all keen to experience this challenge. First estimates show we have grossed well over £20,000, but as entrants were abseiling for several different charities, it will be some time before the total is in.

“We must thank Network Rail for allowing access to the bridge, Glasgow Climbing Centre and Balfour Beaty for handling the technical aspects of the abseil and safety on the bridge, Queensferry Sea Cadets for acting as stewards, and everyone who worked hard to make the event a success. Most of all we must thank those who took the Rotary Forth Bridge Abseil Challenge.”