when grieving grandmother Rosie Parish from Kirkcaldy decided to organise a charity abseil to thank a local charity for its support in her family’s time of need, little did she imagine the response it would be met with.
For Rosie’s devoted family and friends got right behind her – quite literally – by volunteering to take part, with around 20 launching themselves from Aberdour’s cliffs at the weekend, to raise money for SANDS Fife, the Stillbirth and Neo-natal Death Society.
And between the abseil and a fundraising disco night held at the Royal Hotel in Dysart, the family has raised well over £6000 for the charity which offers help and support for people who lose a baby at or around the time of birth.
Rosie (45), of Craigearn Place, was spurred into her fundraising venture after her daughter Kerri (24), and son-in-law Ewan Docherty (26), lost two babies around 20 weeks into her pregnancy within a six month period.
The devastated couple, of the town’s Lawson Gardens, were helped to cope with their loss by Fife SANDS which runs support groups and befriending sessions.
Rosie said: “The girls from SANDS were so great with us all when Kerri lost her babies that I just wanted to do something to thank them.
“Organising the abseil and disco gave us something to work towards and focus on, and we never imagined we would raise so much money.”
From the hotel which provided food for free and businesses which donated prizes to the raffle and auction, to Drew Logie who donated the disco for the night and Thomas from Clan Adventures which oversaw the abseil, Rosie thanked everyone for their support.
“Everyone has been absolutely fantastic. When I started organising this I had hoped to raise over £1000, but we’ve now got over £6000 and there’s still money coming in!” she said.
Anyone who would still like to donate to the cause can do so online at: www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/fifesands.