Exceptional courage as Burghead woman takes leap of faith

Rebecca hangs from the Forth Bridge.

Almost exactly 20 years after she suffered a stroke at the age of just 16 a Burghead woman has taken on the ‘ultimate’ challenge on behalf of a national heart charity.

When Rebecca Mayne suffered a stroke in 1994 she was a fit and healthy dancer, ate well and was as active as you would expect any 16-year-old with a love of life to be.

However, following the stroke she suffered in July that year Rebecca had to relearn all the basic things that come naturally to anyone of that age.

Rebecca explained: “I went to a physiotherapist and through occupational therapy where I had to relearn to walk and thread bead jewellery just to get my left arm working again.

“It was down to strong will and determination to perform in a local dance Eisteddfod that I regained my strength to walk. Than and, of course, all the love and support I received from my family and friends.”

Now 20 years on the 36-year-old Rebecca was determined to give something back, so earlier this month took on a 165-foot abseil from the Forth Bridge to the beach below.

Beneficiaries from her stunning bravery are the Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) charity, who are behind the annual Forth Bridge abseil that saw 600 people rise – or fall – to the challenge this year.

CHSS Fundraising Manager Paul Corrigan said: “We were delighted to have Rebecca taking part in our Ultimate Abseil event.

“A stroke can happen at any age and her story is a real inspiration for the recovery of others.

“We’re very grateful she’s chosen to fundraise for us too, making a positive difference to the lives of those with chest, heart and stroke conditions across Scotland.”

Anyone wishing to acknowledge Rebecca’s efforts can do so by visiting her ‘Just Giving’ page and making a donation.


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