A TEAM of four from an Alloa bowling club are set to abseil 165ft off the Forth Road Bridge for a cause close to their hearts.

Team Legs 11, a group of four from Patons and Baldwins Bowling Club in Alloa, set their sights on the challenge to aid Strathcarron Hospice and are already smashing their fundraising target.

Treana Dewar, one of the brave souls looking to descend from the iconic structure this weekend, came up with the idea with a friend after the hospice cared for her late mum.

They always wanted to throw a charity night for the cause, but sadly, her mother passed away quicker than expected.

Treana said: "When she was diagnosed with cancer, she started using Strathcarron on a Wednesday for the day unit and she met lots of really nice people, made friends.

"On her final day she wanted to go to Strathcarron to die.

"The help and support that we received was amazing.

"My friend [Gillian Dick] and I, not long after the funeral, wondered what we could do here to pay something back."

Her mum was an avid lover of bingo nights and so the catchy Legs 11 term quickly became the team's name.

Treana and Gillian then added Gordon McCallum and Alex Blyth to the squad to complete the line-up – all have or had family members diagnosed with cancer.

A little terrified at the prospect, Treana jokingly asked herself: "What have I done?

"My friend [Gillian]...she's the worst because she's really-really terrified of heights.

"This is a huge challenge for her.

"When my mum was alive, she wouldn't even drive across a bridge, she had a fear of bridges so that's why I felt it was fitting."

The abseil will take place this Sunday, July 7, and Strathcarron holds the fundraising event twice a year.

Treana is also keen to raise awareness of the good cause in general as it needs nearly £13,000 every day to keep running.

She said: "If it [us taking part] encourages another team to go on the next session and raise more money for Strathcarron that can only be a good thing."

Without sponsorship money added, the team has already raised close to £3,000 against their £2,500 target, much of which came from a bingo tea, race night and other donations.

Visit strathcarronhospice.net/fundraisers/team-legs-11 to add more to the total.