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Inverness amputee to take on bungee jump for 70th birthday

By Hannah Sinclair

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Lorna Mackenzie
Lorna Mackenzie

An amputee from Culloden says she hasn't let losing her leg hold her back as she plans a bungee jump to mark her 70th birthday in July.

Lorna Mackenzie lost her leg seven years ago and has since become a role model for fellow amputees.

She said: "I have always been an adventurous person. Just because I am an amputee doesn't stop me and it has given me a new lease of life."

In her eyes "there is no such word as 'can't' ".

Despite not taking part in anything similar before, Lorna is excited for this new 160ft challenge.

"Joining the gym community has opened so many new opportunities," she said. "One of the gentleman in the gym does voluntary work for the Highland Hospice and had told me about a charity bungee jump. I immediately jumped at the opportunity."

She has decided to fundraise for the hospice, a charity close to her heart.

"To me the hospice is so important to have here in the Highlands, not only for patients but also their relatives," she said. "You never know when you might need them and it is a very deserving cause."

She added: "The care, fantastic treatment, dignity and most importantly love from all the staff that was shown to not only my aunt but the whole family will never be forgotten."

Lorna also has a growing tattoo collection with perhaps her favourite being a tribute to her surgeon Mr Wolf with the words "Mr Wolf saved my life" plus a shark on her stump which reads "Gotcha".

The bungee jump will take place on September 2 at Loch Ness.

Find Lorna's sponsorship page here.

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