Brave fundraisers take the plunge

Steve Sim abseils on June 7 to raise money for Dundee Carers Centre in a Red Lichtie tartan kilt.
Steve Sim abseils on June 7 to raise money for Dundee Carers Centre in a Red Lichtie tartan kilt.

Plucky abseilers from across Arbroath helped raise significant sums of cash for Marie Curie and the Dundee Carers Centre in an annual charity 
abseil on Sunday.

Hailed a ‘soaring success’ by organisers, 66 brave souls from every corner of Dundee and Angus turned out in the brilliant sunshine for the 4th Marie Curie Daredevil Challenge at the University 
of Dundee.

Tartan artisan Steve Sim, from Arbroath was approached by Dundee Carers Centre to abseil off the 130-foot high Tower Building after designing a bespoke tartan for the charity.

“At first I dismissed the idea but the more I thought about doing it the more it made sense to help raise the profile of the centre and awareness of 
what they do.

“The folk of Arbroath really rallied round and I managed to raise £620 in just four weeks.”

Mr Sim appropriately opted to wear a Red Lichtie tartan kilt for the descent along with friend and fellow fund-raiser Christine Esselmont.

Christine was talked into taking part by Mr Sim: “I called my daughter and said you’ll never guess what I’m doing now? And she reminded me that I’m scared of heights!

“You know what? The firewalk did not phase me at all but this is a wee bit different.”

Christine delighted onlookers as she dropped to the ground in a penguin suit!

Leanne Reed, Arbroath, also took on the challenge to raise money for Marie Curie.

Petra McMillan, a patron for the charity, believes the total - every penny of which will be spent in this postcode area - could climb as high as £13,000.

“Our abseil has been a soaring success and we’d like to thank everyone who took part and everyone else who has supported them to help us towards this fantastic total.

“Thanks to the bravery of our daredevils, we will be able to provide high quality, hands on care to individuals with a range of terminal conditions - not just cancer - at home, at the end of life in this postcode area this summer.”