Stonehaven grandma’s charity abseil

forth rail bridge
forth rail bridge

A Stonehaven grandmother is preparing for a charity abseil next month to raise funds for a service that helped to save her life.

Frances French (67) will abseil 165ft down the Forth Rail Bridge on June 20, and hopes to raise £1000 for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance in the process.

She said: “In 2011 I suffered a brain aneurysm and, if it wasn’t for the air ambulance, who flew me to Edinburgh for specialist treatment, I wouldn’t be here today.

Frances is no stranger to fundraising, but explained that this one is her way of saying thank you to the air ambulance. It will also be made special as, because this year marks the 125th anniversary of the famous bridge, anyone who takes on the abseil this year will be presented with a commemmorative token.

Orginally planned for last October, Frances had arranged for the challenge to coincide with her 67th birthday. However, she was left disappointed when high winds meant that it was unsafe to go through with it.

She said: “I travelled down there with my daughter-in-law last October and waited around all day, so I was very disappointed when they said I wouldn’t be able to do it.

Frances has already reached the halfway mark with her fundraising target, and you can donate to her total by visiting