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Jordan Young's Forth Road Bridge Sponsored Walk,  Sunday 15th June 2014

The StartOn 15th June 2014 Jordan Young, together with mum Gillian, Avril Young (Imanje Rhodesian Ridgebacks) and all of the Imanje dogs, including one of the older puppies, set out on a sponsored walk; the 1.6 miles across the Forth Road Bridge.........and back. Not a great distance, except that Jordan suffers from Hypotonic Cerebral Palsy. As a result, he has visual impairment, low muscle tone (dysplasia) and no speech; this was to be his Everest.

The recipients of any funds raised by this expedition were to be two charities which are very dear to Jordan, The Midlands and Northern Rhodesian Ridgeback Support and Rescue Trust and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Below is Avril's account of the events of that day........

We left our homes in the drizzling rain to head for the Forth Road Bridge. On arrival we found that the rain had stopped and that we were blessed with a Scottish clear sky....... cloudy! But at least we'd likely stay dry. With all preparations complete and the Imanje gang hitched up, we set out  on our attempt at walking across the bridge..........…and back!

At the Middle of the BridgeIt was at this stage that all my fears of heights surfaced with the force of a champagne cork leaving the neck of the bottle! What was I doing? I'm not built for this, should we rope up? Where's me valliuuuum! With a deep breath or two, I just about managing to focus on Jordan and the dogs without feeling too ill, Loki and Jordan set the pace as we all strode onto the bridge - 512ft above the Firth of Forth!

We were progressing quite nicely. It was not that windy, the movement of the bridge we had been warned about seemed to be a fallacy, all was right in our elevated world. It was then that the first lorry passed. The whole pavement shook beneath our feet with such force that we feared for our fillings! Jordan and the dogs, who didn’t even look to see what had happened, took all of this in their stride, while I'm convinced my heart stopped momentarily!

On we strode, amazed at the number of pedestrians, dogs and cyclists who actually use the bridge. Forty five minutes later we reached the sign erected in 1964, on the occasion of the bridge's opening by the Duke of Edinburgh, our half way point. A quick toilet stop for the dogs and some water (and a biscuit for Jordan; not quite a picnic) and off we set on our return journey. By this time Jordan and Loki were walking in tandem and even little Mika had joined them in the front of the line! They were walking so quickly I had to ask them to slow down a bit, as the lack of oxygen was not helping my nausea!

Jordan and the Bridge SignEnd of the First Leg












The bridge is only 3.2 miles there and back but this was an amazing challenge for Jordan who literally took it all in his stride, walking with purpose and pride to complete this fundraising event. He was a bit tired on the last 1/2 mile but still managed to complete the walk  in only an hour and a half!




The FinishGroup Photo














Jordan and I would like to thank everyone who not only donated, but have also been there to encourage and support us in this task over the last few months. You are all amazing and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts on behalf of Midlands and Northern Rhodesian Ridgeback Support and Rescue Trust and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

While the final total raised  is not yet in, at the time of writing it is approximately £15.00 short of £600.00, almost double the set target! Well done Jordan, what a great idea, but no, our next expedition will not involve bridges or any other form of tight rope walking!!

Avril Young

The final total raised, including Gift Aid, by the Forth Road Bridge Walkers is a huge £918!


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