Leap of faith for Crohn’s research

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AN INTREPID Inverkeilor teenager will be eschewing the safety of a perfectly good aeroplane next month to raise money for research into Crohn’s Disease.

Kirsten Cameron (18) was diagnosed last year with the disease and decided to raise money for charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK with a sponsored sky dive.

The former Arbroath Academy pupil said: “Crohn’s is a bowel disease that affects your day to day life.

“Last year I was offered a scholarship to coach football in America but a few days before I was to leave I was diagnosed with Crohn’s and couldn’t go.

“It’s a disease which affects everything. When I go to Ward Two at Ninewells Hospital there’s a lot of boys and girls there who have it really bad and this is just to give something back and to help them.”

She continued: “I got a fund-raising pack and there were a few options, the sky dive, the London Marathon and the Edinburgh marathon. I don’t really like running long distances and I wanted to try something different, to my mum’s disgust!

“I don’t think her heart will cope on the day!”

With £250 already Kirsten is hoping to burst her target. She said: “My target is £450 but I’ve nearly reached that already so I’m hoping to expand on it and raise more.”

Kirsten will be taking to the skies over Errol airfield on June 22, but in the meantime there will be a bingo night in the Inverkeilor Church hall from 7 p.m. on May 31.

You can also donate online by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/Kirsten-Cameron1