£5,000 raised in Bervie abseil

Last Saturday (September 21) saw 50 brave volunteers abseiling down the 75ft North water Bridge, outside Montrose to raise funds and awareness for two local Charities.

Approximately £5,000 was raised for Bervie Play Parks and Bervie Skate Parks, who came together and worked their socks off to arrange a fantastic event for kids age 9 to adults age 72.

Bervie’s young citizen of the year 2013, Natalie Christie, opened the event as the first Abseiler, showing more of her fantastic community spirit and bravery. The 12 year old Gourdon girl nipped down the wall in no time at all, and marking the pace for all of the volunteers who were to follow over the next six hours.

Caroll Evans, who was involved in organising the whole event, said: “The event could not have taken place without the generosity and support of Kinnaber Estate who hosted our party for a second year, making their facilities available for our volunteers.

“Refreshments were provided by the generosity of the community and from Hornblowers Gourdon.

“As always the spirit of The Royal Burgh is alive and and the community was brought together with the huge events team behind this years abseil.”

The event was rounded off with Parks and Skate Parks reps taking the final Abseils, Richard Albiston for the Skate Parks and Caroll Evans for the Play Parks abseiled to victory, Richard in a dress and showing off his newly waxed legs for the event!

Caroll added that they would like to say a “huge” thank you to everyone who donated goods, helped with set up and dismantle and manned the car parks for the day.

Money raised in sponsorship will go towards the play park and skate park schemes. The play park committee has been set up to manage the upgrade and maintain local parks, while the skate park committee are working to raise funds to create a skate park for the community.