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Quadruple amputee abseils Falkirk Wheel to support STV

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Falkirk Wheel visitors were met with a show today as inspirational quadruple amputee, Jamie Andrew (46), led a team of STV staff on a descent down the iconic landmark to raise funds for the STV Children’s Appeal. 

After being rescued in one of the most dramatic missions in the history of the Alps, the Scottish mountaineer has been taking on mountains and marathons, raising thousands of pounds for charities across the UK.

Jamie Andrew said: “I’m always looking for new ways to push myself to the limit for fantastic causes. Having lost both my hands and both my feet, most people thought obstacles like this would be impossible, after every challenge I complete I hope to show people that if you really set your mind to it nothing is impossible!”

“Having climbed to great heights over the years, I knew this would be a tough challenge, you don’t realise how high the Wheel actually is! But knowing the money I’ve raised will help children in Scotland, I was determined to complete the challenge.”

At a height of 35 metres (115ft) tall, equating to eight double decker busses, the Falkirk Wheel was no match for Jamie. STV camera crews were on hand to capture the challenge for the STV Children’s Appeal live programme that will be broadcast on STV later in the year.

Elizabeth Partyka of the STV Children’s Appeal said: “We are delighted Jamie has chosen to support the Appeal again this year. His positive outlook and sheer determination to push himself to the limit for charity is incredibly inspiring and we’re always excited to see what new heights he will achieve next! I hope people across the country get behind Jamie’s challenge by making a donation to the Appeal, so we can continue to help children affected by poverty right here in Scotland.”

Long term supporters of the Appeal, Tunnock’s, have sponsored Jamie £5,000 to complete the challenge which will be revealed in the Appeal programming later in the year.

Fergus Loudon, sales manager of Tunnock’s said: “The STV Children’s Appeal is a cause very close to our hearts and we are proud to be able to support the Appeal again this year. Jamie is a hugely inspirational individual, and we are delighted to be a part of this year’s challenge.”

After today’s Falkirk Wheel abseil, Jamie will be getting ready to tackle the second part of his challenge, a canoeing expedition from Kenmore to Aberfeldy on Saturday 5th September.

Steve Dunlop, chief executive of Scottish Canals, said; “We are pleased to be able to provide Jamie with a globally renowned landmark as the backdrop for his daunting challenge. Jamie’s story is one of triumph over adversity and we’re proud to be supporting his efforts to raise funds for the STV Children’s Appeal. The charity does great work across Scotland and we’re glad to be helping it again this year.”

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For further information, please contact the STV press office:- 

Gemma Higlett
0141 300 3296
gemma.higlett@stv.v