Network Rail and Balfour Beatty bring back charity partnership with Forth Bridge Abseil

REGISTRATIONS have opened for the Forth Bridge Abseil, which is run by Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland in partnership with Network Rail and Balfour Beatty.

Taking place on Sunday June 16, participants will abseil 165 feet from the UNESCO World Heritage Site to raise cash for good causes. The event is open to individual fundraisers and groups from organisations and businesses.

Since the event launched in 2003, more than £3 million has been raised for charities including Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.

The abseil made a triumphant return in October last year after a hiatus due to the pandemic with 34 charities raising more than £305,000 as 600 people abseiled off the iconic landmark.

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland raised over £120,000, which is equivalent to 6,170 hours of one to one support to help somebody adjust after a hospital stay following a stroke, heart attack or due to a chest condition or Long Covid.

Jayne Forbes, assistant director of fundraising at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, said, “It is fantastic to be bringing the Forth Bridge Abseil back for 2024. We are hugely grateful to both Network Rail and Balfour Beatty for their ongoing support with the event. We had an amazing response to last year’s event with hundreds of people from across the country challenging themselves to raise vital funds for charities across Scotland.”

Alan Ross, director of engineering and asset management at Network Rail, added, “We’re once again delighted to support the return of the Forth Bridge abseil run by Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland. It’s always such a fun day seeing so many thrill-seekers braving the heights and facing their fears to raise a fantastic amount of money for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and all the other charity partners which take part.”

Colin Hardie, construction superintendent at Balfour Beatty, commented, “We are delighted to have joined with Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland and Network Rail once again to open the doors to the iconic Forth Bridge. Since it launched over 20 years ago, the Forth Bridge Abseil event has raised millions for those living with chest, heart, and stroke conditions. We look forward to making this year’s abseil the biggest and most successful to date.”

Individuals and organisations can register their interest by emailing or at