Big-hearted locals converged in Dundee on Saturday for a record-breaking abseil event in aid of one of the UK’s leading charities.
Around 70 men and women came together to take part in the Marie Curie Daredevil Challenge, a 130-foot abseil of the University of Dundee Tower Building.
Amongst them were Carnoustie father and son George Black and Reece Chalmers who took on the challenge as a tribute to Reece’s grandad, George snr, also of Carnoustie, who has terminal cancer. And along with team mate, Grant Sutherland they have raised over £800 between them so far.
They were also joined by Daniel and Kathryn Brown, of Broughty Ferry who completed the abseil in memory of their late grandmother.
The annual event in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care – the charity that provides free professional nursing care to the terminally ill at home – looks set to smash the £10,000 target, making it the most successful abseil since its inception in 2011.
Charity patron and event organiser Petra McMillan, from Carnoustie, praised all her daredevils for their bravery and generosity in supporting Marie Curie’s nursing service.
She said: “All the money we raised will stay in this postcode to help families in crisis who are desperate to keep a loved one at home at the end of life.
“Currently we can only support one in five families who come to us asking for help but we hope to ‘buy’ an additional 500 hours of nursing care in this area, reaching more families in need.”
Fund-raising events such as the abseil are vital to the on-going provision of Marie Curie nursing in the area with every penny raised ploughed directly back into patient care in the community.
Pressure on the service is only set to grow as an ageing population mature and because Marie Curie now nurse people with all terminal illnesses – not just cancer, but including heart disease, lung disorders and dementia.
For more information about Marie Curie Cancer Care, local events, or to learn how to support the charity in this area, please contact Petra McMillan on 07717 810365 or via email@example.com.
Pictures of the fearless fund-raisers are courtesy of Derek Fett.