Lasswade student has a real head for heights

Adventurous teenager Lydia Bell
Adventurous teenager Lydia Bell

Midlothian teenager Lydia Bell is making a leap of faith this weekend in aid of a life-changing visit to Africa.

The 18-year-old Lasswade High student has signed up to abseil down the Titan Crane in Glasgow on Sunday. At 150ft, the historic landmark, on the banks of the Clyde, is the tallest abseil in Scotland.

Lydia is one of a limited number of students in Scotland doing the jump.

Along with other students from her school, Lydia will be visiting Swaziland this summer with World Challenge, the school expedition company. There the youngsters will be helping orphans whose parents have died of HIV and AIDS. They will be building schools in an effort to improve the education and lives of the orphans.

Lydia must raise the £3000 fee independently without relying on parents’ pockets and as part of the expedition is completing a programme of planning, money management and training. 

She still has £1500 to raise and is hoping to achieve this through local sponsors and donations.

So far she has raised money by organising a Hallowe’en party for local primary school children, holding regular cake bakes and raffles, and selling homemade tablet to businesses in Edinburgh.

If you would like to support Lydia, she has set up a fundraising web page -