Today saw the biannual charity Forth Bridge ‘Ultimate Abseil’ in Edinburgh, organised by Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. I attended for the first time today, in part to show my support for the many incredible organisations raising funds and awareness over the course of the day, but more specifically to back OneKind, an Edinburgh based charity working to end suffering of animals in all corners of the UK.
I’d decided to go along today, not to abseil myself – sadly – but to support all those taking up this incredible challenge to raise money and awareness for animal welfare. One lady I met even jumped off dressed as a polar bear.
I had never been along to the Forth bridge abseil before, and have to admit to being blown away (thankfully not literally – although it was pretty windy on top of that bridge) by the level of support and commitment shown by the hundreds of people who scaled the enormous structure and dangled off it for charity. I was honoured to be asked to take some of the groups up the bridge and had such an incredible time chatting to them about why they were there. When myself and the other volunteers weren’t showing varying degrees of terrified people towards their fate, we spent the time getting to know one another in the charity sector and find out more about one another’s roles and why we all do what we do.
Every single person involved with today should feel immensely proud. From the abseilers to the organisers, an incredible day was pulled together and delivered. Charities up and down the UK benefitted and hopefully, a few more people out there got to know about the amazing work this astounding array of organisations are delivering.The Ultimate Abseil is a great way to raise money to help support the work of organisations like OneKind and SSPCA. For more information, or to sign up for the October abseil, please click on this link:
Look forward to seeing you all there!