STIRLING Provost Mike Robbins and Falkirk counterpart Provost Pat Reid paired up to abseil from the Falkirk Wheel on Sunday (May 12) in a fundraising spectacular to support a Plean charity.

Money pledged by sponsors of the daring duo will go towards Plean's William Simpson Home. Established in 1832, it has a long history of providing caring and supportive residential services for men from the armed services who develop mental health and/or alcohol-related problems. Today it also provides respite and day care facilities for men and women.

Last October the new �4.5million facility was officially opened by BBC broadcaster Sally Magnusson.

Provost Mike Robbins said: "I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored us for this very worthwhile cause, and for all the terrific support as we undertook our abseiling adventure.

"It was definitely a Sunday outing I'll remember for a good while!"

William Simpson's had to choose between modernising or closing following the introduction of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act, which set out new requirements for standards of living, but Jean Lyon, CEO led the fight to keep the unique and much-needed resource.

She said: "We devoted ourselves to finding funding for a new building tailored to suit 21st century needs and we did it - what we now have is a fantastic, state-of-the-art, specialist residential centre which embraces the vision of our founder, Navy man William Simpson, with choice and privacy at its heart."

More information about the William Simpson Home, and where to make further donations, is available by visiting