Taking the plunge in aid of charity

Matthew Clark makes his way down the famous Forth Rail Bridge
Matthew Clark makes his way down the famous Forth Rail Bridge

Two intrepid Inverurie residents took the plunge have raised almost £1000 for charity Momentum Skills by abseiling off the Forth Rail Bridge last weekend.

Matthew Clark and his partner Elaine Rennie braved high winds and torrential rain to abseil over 165ft off the famous landmark bridge.

And after completeing the task Matthew said, “It was such an amazing experience for both of us, despite the wind, and for such a worthy cause made it all the more enjoyable. I would certainly recommend the challenge to everyone even those who are nervy about heights like myself.”

Momentum support people with acquired brain injuries and other disabilities in North East Scotland. Momentum provides vocational rehabilitation and training services, empowering people with disabilities and those who are socially excluded to gain the skills they need to live independently and to gain access to employment.

Momentum fundraiser Michael Jamieson said “I’m absolutely delighted that Matt and Elaine braved the elements and faced their fear of heights to raise such a fantastic amount of money which will be used locally to help maintain our services that support people with disabilities to achieve their life goals.

“In fact, even more money was raised on the day as we also had three other participants taking part in the abseil, ending up with around £1600 on the day. So not only do I wish to thank Matt and Elaine for their endeavours but I would like to convey my appreciation to all those that pledged sponsorship enabling them to raise much needed funds for Momentum.”