The Meningitis Now group will be undertaking the abseil at the bridge in South Queensferry near Edinburgh in October this year. It costs £21 to register and minimum fundraising amount is £185.
Starting with a climb up the stairways to the top of the bridge, the abseil involves free-falling “SAS style” 165ft down the structure to the sandy beach below. No experience is necessary, and anyone with a fear of heights will be welcome – to be a bit scared is all part of the thrill!
One supporter who has already signed up for the challenge is Meningitis Now Community Ambassador James Duff, who will be taking part with his friend Tracy Thomson. James became involved with the charity after the death of his nephew Kristopher to meningitis in 1997. To date he has already raised more than £10,000 for the charity.
James said he was looking forward to taking part– but that Tracy had taken a bit more persuading:
“I’m a bit of a daredevil and have roped Tracy in to face her fear of heights,” he said.
“We’re doing the abseil to help raise funds for Meningitis Now whilst also setting ourselves the challenge of abseiling down the Forth Rail Bridge.”
Meningitis Now Community Fundraiser for Scotland, Gillian Marshall, encouraged everyone who fancied doing something a bit different to join the team.
“This could be a real challenge to anyone looking to do something fun but with a bit of a buzz attached,” she said.
“We’ve only got a few places and they’re going fast – so anyone who is interested needs to get in touch soon!”
For more information contact Gillian at GillianM@MeningitisNow.org.