A YOUNG woman from Livingston who was chosen as one of the first people to walk the new Queensferry Crossing has ensured a local charity benefits.
Alana Jamieson, an Accounts Administrator at Bathgate based Eagle Couriers, was one of the lucky 50,000 selected to walk the 1.7 mile distance across the newly opened £1.45bn Scottish landmark.
Together with her mum, Tracy, and brother Kyle, Alana made the trip across the bridge to raise money for SANDS Lothians, a charity close to the family’s heart.
Supporting her fundraising efforts, Alana’s employer Eagle Couriers pledged £130 and provided her with a GoPro Hero4 camera to capture the memorable event.
Alana, said: “I was quite nervous for the walk but thankfully I didn’t do it alone. We didn’t even know my dad had put our names in for the draw until we had all been selected.
“It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m really glad to have done it for a charity that does such amazing work in my local area.
“Even though I probably won’t be using the new bridge too often it’s exciting to be part of the opening walk. I imagine a lot of my colleagues will be frequent users of the bridge and can’t wait for it to be fully opened.”
Fiona Deas, Co-Director at Eagle Couriers, said: “Everyone at Eagle Couriers is so proud of Alana completing the walk to raise money for such a worthy cause.
“Many of our team are going to benefit from the new bridge being open and it is sure to increase efficiency for our drivers heading to Fife.”
SANDS Lothians offers support to bereaved parents and their families who have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth or whose baby dies soon after birth.
If you would like to support Alana and her family, donations are still being collected through their just giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stark01