A team of five from Allan McDougall Solicitors in Edinburgh took part in the Forth Rail Bridge Abseil on Sunday 10th June to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation.
The team, Kim McIntosh, Steven Blacklaws, Rhona Brown, Sean white and Sarah Nicol, were inspired to take on the challenge upon hearing about a colleague’s close friend who contracted meningitis 2 years ago.
Linsay Robertson contracted meningococcal septicaemia in May 2016 at the age of 43 and says “it worked extremely quickly and within less than 12 hours of feeling ill I was rushed into A&E and placed into an induced coma. The rash did not appear until two hours later. My family were informed that I was in a critical condition and to prepare for the worse.”
Upon waking up in hospital after 12 days in a coma, Linsay was advised that she would require amputations and has lost her right hand, four fingers from her left hand and both legs below the knee. But the after effects didn’t end there as it was discovered that Lindsay had loss of hearing in her left ear, irreparable damage to her adrenal gland and had suffered damage to her kidneys and would need a transplant.
Steven Blacklaws from Allan McDougall solicitors says, “The firm prides itself on looking after its clients and each other so when we heard about this opportunity to make a difference and also satisfy the needs of the adrenaline junkies at the same time, we jumped at the chance!”