WENDY Brown is ready to face her fears and abseil 165 feet off the Forth Rail Bridge in memory of her sister.
The 39-year-old is taking part in the Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland Ultimate Abseil – free-falling SAS-style from the bridge to the beach below.
And she will have the inspiration of younger sister Avril with her every step of the way.
She said: “Having never done anything like this before, I am slightly nervous and a little scared.
“However, I have the support of amazing family and friends and the company of Doug Riddell and Sean Brown for the abseil, as well as the extra motivation of raising awareness by participating in this challenge.”
Avril, who had no previous health problems, except a visit to the doctors with what was diag-nosed as heartburn, suffered a heart attack in April and died two days later at the age of just 35.
Wendy said: “Avril’s death, as you can imagine, completely devastated our family.
“She has left behind thousands of happy memories, but also a huge empty void that will never be filled. We miss her every second of every day.
“She leaves behind two very special girls, Sarah and Emily, who have been robbed of their mother. They deserve to know what an incredible person she was and hopefully doing challenges like this will keep her memory alive and the fond stories passed onto them.”
All money raised from the abseil will go to CHSS’s services – improving the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness, through medical research, advice and information, and support in the community.
And Wendy is hoping her brave efforts will go some way to helping to spare more families the suffering they have endured. She added: “The CHSS charity uses donations to fund research and support work in local communities.
“As a family we will always wonder if something more could have been done for Avril and maybe with more research another life can be saved.”
To sponsor Wendy, visit: www.justgiving.com/Wendy-Brown10.