Lesley goes Forth for charity

Lesley Wilson with her dogs.
Lesley Wilson with her dogs.

A daring Lenzie woman who

abseiled off the Forth Rail Bridge in a gale-force wind has raised £2,500 for a charity close to her heart.

Lesley Wilson, from Heath Avenue, is the honorary life president of Lenzie and Kirkintilloch Canine Club.

She breeds Golden Retrievers. One of her former pups, Mieska, is a Marie Cure therapy dog at Stobhill.

So she decided to turn her fundraising attentions to another four-legged good cause, the Canine Partners in Scotland.

That charity trains assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with disabilities.

Lesley (63), now retired from her job in the research department at the Beatson Oncology Unit, did her charity abseil back in October.

Her fundraising efforts were hugely boosted by a donation of the raffle proceeds from her dog club’s annual show, and a donation from the Bishopbriggs Veterinary Centre.

Lesley said: ‘‘I would like to thank everyone who gave a donation and helped to really boost the total.

‘‘It was very windy on the day and the abseils were actually cancelled after lunch time.

“I was lucky enough to be doing it in the morning, so it still went ahead, but the wind was swirling me around.

‘‘I can’t believe I did it – but I wouldn’t do it again!’’