The new Queensferry Crossing opened earlier this week and an Ellon couple were lucky enough to walk across it in aid of charity.
Norma and Barrie Seddon entered the lottery for tickets to win the once in a lifetime opportunity to walk across the new bridge.
With 250,000 entries and 50,000 places available, Barrie, being the gambler that he is, thought they were in with a chance of winning at odds of 5/1. And so they were, as their very special invitation arrived through the post.
The Scottish Parliament invited them to use this event to fundraise for a charity of their choice and CHAS ( Children’s Hospices Across Scotland ) was an obvious one for them.
Norma is a retired Special Needs Teacher with caring for disadvantaged children dear to her heart and Barrie had fundraised for CHAS on several occasions before.
Barrie said: “Norma and I have had a good and long life whereas these children have illnesses and severe difficulties that mean they are unlikely to reach adulthood.
“The best we can do is to keep the joy alive for these children.”
Barrie and Norma set off on their “once in a lifetime opportunity” across the 1.7 miles expanse of the Queensferry Crossing on Sunday, September 3.
The weather conditions were ideal as it was dry with sunny intervals and a slight breeze, which Barrie described as being “somewhat bracing” at the highest point of the Crossing.
Barrie added: “There was a real sense of amazement, admiration, pride and achievement from people making the crossing - this was iconic, breathtaking.
“Many people became quite emotional at what they were seeing, all this befitting as a special moment in time to fundraise for charities.
“The event was magnificent, well organised, well-informed and ran like clockwork. Everyone on the Crossing was of a like-mind, full of praise and thoroughly enjoyed the day.
“Truly a once in a lifetime experience.”
Donations can be given online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/barrie-seddon