Paisley Daily Express

Students’ bridge abseil will help others to breathe

Brave stunt will go to help chest patients

- Kenneth Speirs

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
High-level challenge Fawziye Tarhini, Mariarca Bailo, Mark Thomas, Kimberly Black and Kirsty McCallum are to abseil the Forth Rail Bridge

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