A CERES woman who has already shown extreme bravery whilst her 13-year-old son battled a brain tumour, is set to face her fear of heights with a sponsored abseil down the 220-foot tall Wallace Monument.
Last year Norma Hopkins’ son Jordan Laing was diagnosed with a medullablastoma - a brain tumour that had spread down his spine - and it is only thanks to his mum’s persistence with medical staff that the tumour was diagnosed in time.
Since then the mother-of-two has spent much of her time with Jordan in the Sick Kids hospital in Edinburgh where he received most of his treatment.
Jordan received the all-clear recently and as a way of saying thank you to the charities involved in helping make their time in hospital easier and more bearable, Norma and Jordan — along with friends in the village — are organising a Family Fun Day on Sunday, June 24.
Last year a similar event was held to support Jordan and his mum, and it is hoped this year’s fun day to raise funds for CCLASP (Children with cancer and Luekaemia Advide and Support for Parents) will be just as successful.
However, Norma has decided to get the fundraising underway before then by taking the plunge and abseiling down the historic Stirlingshire tower on Saturday, June 16.
She said: “I have decided to do this for CCLASP because I don’t know what I would’ve done without them during Jordan’s illness.
“We had to travel back and forward from Edinburgh Sick Kids to Western General Hospital for Jordan’s radiotherapy treatment twice a day for nearly five weeks.
“Jordan was very ill during this treatment and CCLASP transported us to and from hospital twice a day which allowed me to concentrate on Jordan.
“They have also supported us in many other ways including treats, outings, holiday for Jordan and advice and support for myself.
“They support many families in the same way and we all agree that they are invaluable to families going through what is probably their worst nightmare.
“I would like to help raise funds for CCLASP to ensure that they can help other families like my own.”
n Anyone who would like to sponsor Norma can do so online at http://www.justgiving.com/Norma-Hopkins or text ‘NORM75’ and the amount pledged to 70070.
To help with the fun day contact Norma, 07933477812e, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Buttercase at email@example.com