Abseil at Barns Ness raises £18k for homeless

Abseil enthusiasts at the Barns Ness Lighthouse event.
Abseil enthusiasts at the Barns Ness Lighthouse event.

The third annual abseil at Barns Ness Lighthouse near Dunbar has raised £18,000 for the Bethany Christian Trust.

Forty eight people climbed the lighthouse and abseiled back down raising money for the Trust’s many projects for homeless people, including the winter night shelter in Edinburgh, which is used daily by around 50 homeless people.

The Trust has also revealed the date for its next ‘Drop to Stop homelessness’ event, which will be held at Barns Ness Lighthouse on Saturday, September 24. Sponsor forms and more information will soon be available from Bethany Christian Trust.

Hannah Biddulph, fundraiser at the Trust, said: “We are really grateful to Tarmac for giving us permission to use the lighthouse for the abseil. It has now become a popular annual event and is one of our biggest fundraisers. We are passionate about eradicating homelessness in Scotland and this event is not only great fun but also makes a real difference to people who need it.”

Allan Ruxton, plant manager at the Dunbar Cement Plant, said: “We were pleased to support this fundraising activity. Bethany Christian Trust does some great work in helping homeless people and we are more than happy to support them in their abseil event this September.”

Bethany Christian Trust is focused on relieving the suffering and meeting the needs of homeless and vulnerable people in Scotland. The Trust works to prevent people becoming homeless in the first place and provides emergency and resettlement projects working with people in temporary accommodation and living on the streets. Its service supports people working towards an alcohol and drug free life in the community.”