Sisters abseil in memory of late uncle

Clare and Kelsey Leigh abseil down the AECC's 130ft Northern Lights Tower
Clare and Kelsey Leigh abseil down the AECC's 130ft Northern Lights Tower

Two sisters from Inverurie have abseiled down the 130ft Northern Lights Tower at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre in aid of specialist charity Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland).

Clare and Kelsey Leigh Grant were part of a team of 100 thrill-seekers who took on the spectacular challenge.

The Grant sisters were inspired to sign up to the fundraising event, in memory of their uncle Allan Grant who had spina bifida, and passed away over 10 years ago aged just 42.

Clare said: “We still think about him often, he was a big part of my life growing up and my sister and I are proud to be taking part in this challenge, in fact it’s a big thing for our whole family.”

Despite having served time in the military and taking on many adrenaline-fuelled activities, Clare has never done an abseil like this before. It was also Kelsey Leigh’s first time and they raised more than £480 from the challenge.

Clare said: “We were grateful to have been given the opportunity to take part in a once in a life time challenge and also raise money for a cause that is close to the families heart and in the memory of Allan Grant. We would like to thank everyone that sponsored such a great charity.”

Deborah Roe, fundraising director at SBH Scotland, said: “I would like to personally 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.”

A total of £20,000 was raised for SBH Scotland at the event, with funds being used to help the organisation support services in the North of Scotland.

In Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, where the event was held, more than 258 people currently rely on SBH Scotland’s services, which include support groups, home visits by dedicated support workers, financial advice and a helpline.