A group of brave fundraisers are reaching new heights this weekend to raise cash for adults with challenging or complex needs.

Around a dozen people are raising money for Turning Point Scotland’s Make It Happen Fund by abseiling down the Titan Crane in Clydebank on Sunday.

At 150 feet tall or 46 metres, the giant Scottish landmark has stood for over a 100 years and is a proud reminder of the generations of ambitious, hard-working Scots who achieved worldwide success through shipbuilding.

So it is fitting all the money raised will go towards projects that will help meet the aspirations and dreams of people being supported by Turning Point Scotland.

Whether it is providing money for someone to attend a college course, buy equipment to start up their own business or a new hobby, or spend time with family on a day out, the Make It Happen Fund can help people reach their goals.

Susan was a manager of a successful hairdressers but she was the victim of an abusive relationship, she became homeless and dependent on alcohol. She lost her career, her confidence and self-esteem.

She was referred to Turning Point Scotland’s Renfrewshire Housing Support service.

The Make It Happen Fund provided Susan with a small grant to purchase hairdresser equipment. She hopes to provide a voluntary hairdressing service to people who have been through some of the issues she has faced.

Susan said:

“The drink and bad relationship has knocked my confidence, but I hope that with the support from Turning Point Scotland I will be able to get back on track soon.

If I can keep myself busy I can stay off the drink. I’ve started going to the library and to a computer group at the local community centre to keep me active. I’ve never forgotten the buzz I used to get from cutting and styling someone’s hair. It would be great to feel that again.”

Lisa Hendry works for Turning Point Scotland and is taking part in the abseil:

“I’ve never done anything like this before but I’m really excited. This sort of chance doesn’t come up that often so I’m looking forward to it.”

Martin Cawley, Chief Executive, Turning Point Scotland, said:

“Every penny we raise will go towards people being supported to try and achieve their goals. This might be a relatively small amount of money but it can make a big difference in their lives.

We don’t put a limit on what our people can achieve.

I am delighted people are giving up their spare time to raise money on our behalf and I would like to thank them for their generosity.”