Ben to abseil Murrayfield for stroke charity

Ben Bertolotto is taking part in a charity abseil at Murrayfield Stadium. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Ben Bertolotto is taking part in a charity abseil at Murrayfield Stadium. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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A NINE-year-old boy is set to abseil from Murrayfield Stadium’s roof to raise money for the charity which supports his grandfather.

Ben Malcolm will take on the 135ft challenge in honour of Andy, from Penicuik, who suffered a stroke in January 2014.

He is thought to be the youngest of 115 people taking part in this weekend’s challenge, which is expected to raise £20,000 for the Stroke Association.

Mum Niccola Bertolotto, 38, said: “When he heard about the challenge he 100 per cent 
wanted to do it. I’m proud of him.

“Ben has been wanting to do something to raise money and awareness for his grandad.

“Andy now has to use a wheelchair, his speech has been 
affected and Ben would like more children his age to know about what happened to his grandad. He also wanted them to know what they should do if they saw someone having a stroke and to let everyone know that although his grandad had a stroke he is still his hero.”

The Craiglockhart Primary School Pupil will be wearing his Murrayfield Wanderers Minis kit as he makes the descent.

His 70-year-old grandfather will be watching, along with his mum, other family members and teammates from the Minis. Ben said: “I’m not afraid of heights and I want to help people who have had strokes, like my grandad. I also want to raise awareness.

“I abseil in Ratho, but this is the first time I have done it at Murrayfield so it will be quite special.”

Kirsty Scott, the Stroke Association community and events fundraising manager in Scotland, said: “This particular abseil does not happen on a regular basis, so this is a rare opportunity to abseil from the west stand at BT Murrayfield Stadium.

“Once at the top, participants will have a fantastic view to enjoy before abseiling 135ft back to the ground.

“For those who have abseiled before, this is a great opportunity to experience something different. For novices, it’s the perfect introduction to the very best of challenge events.

“We expect people to travel across Scotland to do it because it is an unusual venue and 
therefore a special experience.

“No previous experience is needed to take part as our team of highly skilled instructors will ensure you are safely equipped with everything you need to know on the day.”

Registration costs £15 with a minimum sponsorship of £100 per person and there is no 
minimum age requirement for those who want take part.

Places are going fast. Call 01604 687 768, Book at www.stroke.org.uk/murrayfield or email murrayfieldabseil
@stroke.org.uk.