Graham Dunn Abseils Forth Rail Bridge In Support Of Royal Blind

Posted: 31/07/2013 |

Graeme Dunn recently completed an abseil off the Forth Rail Bridge to benefit Royal Blind. He has raised a total of £935 and wrote a blog about the experience. Thanks Graeme!

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All my life, I have had a fascination with the Forth Rail Bridge. Built in a time not hampered by health and safety bodies, it was built by men in flat caps and dungarees without all the modern technology and tools of today. It is a bridge of unusual cantilever design standing in some of the worst marine conditions anywhere in the world, yet has stood the test of time for over a hundred years and will safely last another hundred and more. Its strength still confounds the experts of today with all their computer-aided design programmes.

So, you can imagine my curiosity was stimulated while reading the Scotsman online and seeing a banner advertising an Abseil from the Bridge in Aid of Royal Blind. There was no question I was doing it! A few minutes later, it had registered to get up close and personal with the Bridge by climbing over the edge and abseiling down to the rocks below. As my daughter Jo had previously done an abseil down the side of Dunbar Lighthouse, I invited her to join me.

From there on in it only remained to see if we could raise some sponsorship cash for Royal Blind who do a fantastic job for those less fortunate than myself by allowing us to join in. At this point my youngest daughter Sam was a bit miffed as she would have happily joined in. Maybe next time, Sam. Setting myself a target of five hundred and two for Jo we set out with sponsor sheets and Just Giving pages targeting all our friends and work colleagues posting on our Facebook pages badgering everybody for a few quid here and there.

The rest, as they say, is history resulting in £935 for Royal Blind but more importantly for me a chance to get up on the bridge and view its greatness from up close. Climbing over the railing was a bit iffy but as soon a the guy let me go and I was suspended there I started to ease the release rope and lower myself slowly to the shoreline below. To be honest it was over all to quickly and I forgot to take my camera up as I had wanted to snap a few shots on the was down as a super memory. I will be doing it again once my sponsors have had time to save up again as I cannot keep targeting the same very generous people who still have that greatest of gifts called charity.

Graeme Dunn