Falkirk mums bridge abseil in memory of brave Maurissa

Forth Rail Bridge charity abseil. For Teenage Cancer Trust. Arlene Pentecost (left) and Claire Devoy (right) were raising money in memory of Maurissa Clark. Also photographed (centre) is Sharon Sherridan of Teenage Cancer Trust.
Forth Rail Bridge charity abseil. For Teenage Cancer Trust. Arlene Pentecost (left) and Claire Devoy (right) were raising money in memory of Maurissa Clark. Also photographed (centre) is Sharon Sherridan of Teenage Cancer Trust.
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Two mums have been so touched by one family’s ordeal that they decided to take a big leap of faith.

Arlene Pentecost and Claire Devoy, both 41, have followed the story of Stenhousemuir’s Maurissa Clark, who died last summer when she was just 20.

Arlene, who’s friends with Maurissa’s family, has been involved in fundraisers over the years to raise cash for the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Beatson Oncology Unit. But last month, she and schoolfriend Claire stepped up their efforts and abseiled down the Forth Rail Bridge, raising over £1500 for the charity.

Arlene, from Falkirk, said: “I work with Maurissa’s dad at the hospital.

“I’ve been involved with a lot of fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust but it’s been smaller things like buying scratch cards.

“My friend and I decided to do this abseil; we’ve never done anything like it before.

“I’m glad I did it, but I’m glad it’s over and I’m not sure I would do an abseil again!”

Maurissa died on June 26, 2012 following a four-year battle with Hodgkins lymphoma.

During her illness, she received 25 intense chemotheraphy sessions and a bone marrow transplant, but bore it bravely and even managed to meet superstar Katy Perry.

Parents Bobby and Grace have continued to support the Teenage Cancer Trust and have helped to raise over £10,000.

And the Clarks were there to cheer on Arlene and Claire, from Polmont, as they whizzed down the bridge on June 16.

Arlene’s husband John and twin boys Lewis and Harris (12) also witnessed the feat, as did Claire’s husband Paul, and sons Nathan (8) and Calum (6).

Arlene added: “We wanted Maurissa’s mum and dad to know that we’re still thinking about her.”