Students’ bridge abseil will help others to breathe
Brave stunt will go to help chest patients
Daredevil PhD students at the University of the West of Scotland are raising funds for charity by taking part in a sponsored abseil from the Forth Rail Bridge.
The five research students – Fawziye Tarhini, Mariarca Bailo, Mark Thomas, Kimberly Black and Kirsty McCallum – are all working on the BREATH ( Border and Regions Airways Training Hub) project for their PhDs.
The BREATH project, a crossborder partnership between the University of the West of Scotland, Queen’s University Belfast and the Dundalk Institute of Technology, will develop cross-border research to better understand and alleviate the impact of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
COPD is an incurable lung disease that is a leading cause of death worldwide. It is particularly prevalent in both South West Scotland and Ireland
Due to their involvement in the project, the research students were keen to raise funds for the charity Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland, which aids COPD patients.
Kimberly Black said: “We decided to abseil off the Forth Rail Bridge to raise funds for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.
“Every hour of every day 100,000 people in Scotland struggle to breathe because of a chronic chest illness.
“All five of us are committed, through our contribution to the BREATH project, to help tackle the problem of COPD.
“We are delighted to be doing our bit for such an important cause.”
To sponsor the students visit https://frbjune18.everydayhero. com/uk/chss-uws-breath-abseil
Every hour of every day 100,000 people in Scotland struggle to breathe due to a chronic chest illness Kimberly Black
High-level challenge Fawziye Tarhini, Mariarca Bailo, Mark Thomas, Kimberly Black and Kirsty McCallum are to abseil the Forth Rail Bridge