A LOVING mum is getting ready to take on a series of gruelling challenges that her teenage daughter planned to do before she died.
Rebecca Dalgleish was just 18 when she passed away in December 2015, after being diagnosed with a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour (MPNST).
Despite the diagnosis, the North Berwick High School pupil inspired people in the county with her positive attitude as she raised more than £65,000 for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), a figure which has since risen to more than £70,000.
The teenager, of Kingston, near North Berwick, had set a target of £5,000 and also set up a ‘bucket list’, including going somewhere hot and sunny in Spain on a beach holiday, and making caramel shortbread.
Sadly, she was unable to tick off many items – including bungee jumping and a skydive – but her mum, Pam, is getting ready to lace up her running shoes and potentially even conquer her fear of heights in memory of her daughter.
She said: “I have always been somebody who is up for a challenge and wanted to follow on from the things that Rebecca wanted to do.
“She was planning on running a half marathon because she was not old enough to do a full marathon.
“I feel I am basically finishing off her bucket list.
“At the moment, I cannot think about anything beyond the Edinburgh Marathon.
“My friends are asking if I want to do yoga but I’m focused on the marathon and it is time-consuming – it has taken over at the moment.”
The marathon, which is at the end of this month, will see runners set off from Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park before heading towards Portobello and along East Lothian’s coastline through Musselburgh, Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton, and Longniddry, before returning along the route and finishing at Musselburgh Racecourse.
Pam, who is also taking on the challenges to mark her 50th birthday, will then swap pounding the streets for taking to the sky.
She plans to do a skydive and bungee jump in one day before taking on the Great North Run in September.
She said: “I’m petrified of heights, absolutely petrified.
“That will be the most frightening thing I have ever done and I’m not like Rebecca in that respect.
“It will be terrifying for me.”
Pam will take on the series of fundraisers in aid of Hamlin Fistula UK, which supports Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, which cares for women with horrendous injuries sustained in childbirth in Ethiopia.
She told the Courier Rebecca had been interested in becoming a midwife and also travelling to the east African country.
An 80s-themed disco will also take place at North Berwick’s Scout Hut next month to raise more money.
Pam said: “We are trying to pull it together and I have got quite a good team of friends on board to help me with that.
“They are less interested in doing marathons and bungee jumps!”
Rebecca’s mum added that it still felt very strange not having her daughter about.
Rebecca, who was also an active air cadet with 132 (North Berwick) Squadron, would have turned 20 next month.
She said: “You think you see something and you want to ask her more about it because you know she will know what it is about, or you want to tell her something and you forget you cannot really say.”
To support Pam, go to her Justgiving page here.