Families living with terminal illness in our area have been thrown a lifeline thanks to daredevil fund-raisers from Angus supporting Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Thanks to the bravery and dedication of ordinary people from Arbroath, Broughty Ferry and all points in between, the Marie Curie Daredevil Challenge in June saw £12,569 raised through a sponsored abseil from the top of the Dundee University Tower Building.
The money will be used by Marie Curie this autumn to provide 628 hours of free professional nursing care at home to individuals with a range of terminal conditions.
Charity patron Petra McMillan from Carnoustie founded the Daredevil Challenge in 2010 to raise money for Marie Curie in appreciation of the end of life care they gave her late mother Renate Rennie.
Petra said: “We are so grateful to all our daredevils for taking a jump into the unknown but also to the many, many people who sponsored them and helped us achieve this magnificent total.
“We know families greatly appreciate the high-quality hands-on nursing care we provide to their loved-one and we know what a positive impact that care has on the wider family at a very difficult time.”
To date the Daredevil Challenge has realised £60,000, making it the biggest fund-raiser for Marie Curie and allowing them to provide over 3,000 hours of end of life care.
Last year the charity launched the Dundee Fund-raising Group, a band of local volunteers who were instrumental in the organisation of this year’s abseil event.
Petra, the group’s chairperson, is keen to recruit new members and to establish a new fund-raising group in Carnoustie.
For more information, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk or contact Petra at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07717 810365.