Do you have a head for heights?

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The gauntlet is down again this year for people from across Dumfries abd Galloway - and beyond - to abseil off the end of Scotland to raise money for local people affected by cancer.

Macmillan Cancer Support is looking for superheroes to sign up for this year’s abseil challenge on Saturday 7 September at the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, Drummore, Near Stranraer.

Two years agom Kath Lord-Green from Dalbeattie and her friend Shenagh Davidson from Dumfries signed up for the challenge.

Kath, who dressed as Bat Girl for the abseil, has a major fear of heights but said: “As I stood on the edge of the balcony of the lighthouse, my knees were knocking together but I am delighted to say that the abseil has helped me overcome my fear of heights and face other challenges including the Tough Mudder last year.”

Her friend Shenagh, aka Wonder Woman, was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago when her baby boy was only nine months old. She said: “I always like to do something to raise money and awareness for charity and this was the perfect opportunity to do both.”

Funds raised will help local people affected by cancer, and their families in Dumfries and Galloway. Each participant will be asked to guarantee the minimum amount of £100 in sponsorship to be paid over (by cheque) at the time of registration on the day of the abseil.

The abseil will be taking place between the hours of 10am and 4pm from the balcony of the tower, some 84 feet from the ground. Safety instructors will be present to provide helmets, gloves, harnesses and all safety equipment, along with expert guidance and tuition during the challenge. This allows both expert and novice alike to take part in this exhilarating and worthwhile challenge.

For those unable to attend and watch the spectacle, a webcam is already located on the tower, and hopefully, depending on the weather and the prevailing wind, live pictures will be available. The webcam can be found on the Northern Lighthouse Board Web Page

Due to the very construction of the lighthouse with its narrow spiral staircase and ladders, along with a restricted access door onto the balcony, this abseil challenge will not be suitable for people with disabilities or serious health issues. If in any doubt, prospective participants are requested to seek the advice of their doctor.

To receive a registration form or for further information, please e mail: or call Angela McCormack on 07801 307043.

Please note that only those over the age of 16 years are allowed to take part, and those under 18 years of age will require parental consent.

This event is by kind permission of the Northern Lighthouse Board.