Birthday leap of faith for local woman

Karen McAra, Nicola Fraser and Leah Stevenson at the AECC abseil
Karen McAra, Nicola Fraser and Leah Stevenson at the AECC abseil

A Newburgh woman has conquered her fear of heights by abseiling down the 130ft Northern Lights Tower at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Nicola Fraser was part of a team of 100 thrill-seekers who took on the spectacular challenge to raise funds for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland).

Nicola pushed herself to the limits following a challenge from her friends to take on a series of hair-raising pursuits as part of her 40th birthday celebrations.

Nicola said the abseil has given her the courage to take on the rest of the challenges, which include white water rafting and canyoning.

She explained: “I chose to raise money for SBH Scotland because I’m lucky enough to have three healthy children, but I’m aware of the work the charity undertakes for other families and this is my way of offering my support.”

In the run-up to the abseil Nicola said she received some teasing from her husband, Kenny Robertson, who works at heights in his job as a steel erector.

“The difference is that he doesn’t have to go over the edge!” Nicola said.

She was joined by her friend Karen McAra and Leah Stevenson, the daughter of another friend.

Between them they raised more than £400, and while she admits to enjoying the experience she confessed: “Next year for my birthday I’d settle for a spa day instead.”

Deborah Roe, fundraising director at SBH Scotland, said: “I would like to thank all those who took the leap of faith for our organisation.

“Hundreds of families across Scotland rely on the vital services we deliver, and to continue providing this support we need to raise at least £1million in funding each year.

“We are always looking for new challenges which excite and inspire our supporters, and this abseil marks the beginning of a programme of adrenalin fuelled events taking place in 2018.”