TWO Rastrick women overcame their fear of heights to scale Sydney Harbour bridge to help babies suffering from a rare medical condition.
Lyndsay Holdsworth, aged 26, and Natalie Butler, aged 28, were on a four-week holiday in Australia when they got the opportunity to tackle the 440 foot climb.
The two friends, who met when they were pupils at Rastrick High School, asked friends and colleagues to sponsor them to raise money for the charity CDH UK which aims to combat the rare condition Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.
They were taking part in the climb in memory of Brody, the son of their friends Gemma Waite and Andy Kelly of Lightcliffe, who lived for only 12 hours after his birth in January 2011.
Said Lyndsay, a credit controller with RSA in Halifax: “Gemma and Andy had been warned that Brody had the condition CHD and that he had a limited chance of survival. We wanted to do something to show that he will never be forgotten and also to help other families who are going through the same thing.” Natalie, of Foxcroft Drive, and Lyndsay, of Ascot Grove, raised £1,000 with their daring climb high above Sydney Harbour.
“Neither of us like heights and on the day itself it was very windy so we both found it absolutely terrifying,” said Lyndsay.
“We were all strapped together and the people leading the walk were very encouraging but even so our legs were like jelly by the time we finished. It took us two-and-a-half hours to complete.
“But we had Brody in our thoughts all the way and we were determined to do it for him and his parents. We are amazed that we managed to raise so much money - people have been so generous.
“Looking back the climb was the highlight of the holiday and an amazing experience.”
Lyndsay said that Gemma had had an anxious pregnancy and that a diagnosis of CDH meant a very worrying time for parents. “The charity CDH UK does a lot to support parents through tough times and works hard to try and improve treatment.”
Bev Power, secretary of CDH UK, said: “Considering the girls don’t like heights this was an amazing achievement and we’re very proud of them.
“Their climb has helped to raise money for research into Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia but also raised awareness of the condition.”
For more information on CDH log onto the www.cdhuk.co.uk website.