THREE sisters from Melrose have taken part in Scotland’s biggest charity abseil in memory of their dad.

Jackie Scott, Lynsey Threadgal and Wendy Robinson travelled north for the Forth Bridge Abseil on Father’s Day.

The event, run by Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS), attracted hundreds of participants who abseiled 165 feet from the bridge onto the sandy beach below.

The Borders sisters decided to take on the challenge in memory of their dad, Neil Robinson, who died of a stroke in 2020 at the age of 71.

Daughter Lynsey, who also has congenital heart disease, said: “Dad had been a very active man up until his stroke and had a great sense of community.

“His love of dogs, his pride in his family and his eagerness to help his family and neighbours meant he was weel-kent and valued.

“Following his stroke, he bravely battled on for another month, but on July 14, 2020, he passed away from complications.

“The devastation dad felt losing his independence was unimaginable and he suffered massively in that last month. His suffering was all-enduring and our family was left heartbroken.

“It was fantastic to take part in the Forth Bridge Abseil in memory of my dad. It was a unique experience and I'd recommend everyone to give it a go."

The event raised funds for CHSS and other partner charities.

One in five of Scotland's population is living with the effects of chest, heart or stroke conditions, according to the charity.

The abseil has been running since 2003, returning last year after a break due to pandemic restrictions.

Jayne Forbes, assistant director of fundraising at CHSS, said: “We are so grateful to everyone who took part in this iconic fundraising event for CHSS and other charities across Scotland. 

“It is incredibly inspiring to watch people take on this challenge. You can see just how important it is for them to support charities that are close to their hearts – they are real fundraising heroes!”

The sisters have reached their fundraising goal of £1,000.