Abseil project raised £14,000 for cancer

Petra McMillan at home in Carnoustie on Wednesday after her abseil at the weekend for Marie Curie.
Petra McMillan at home in Carnoustie on Wednesday after her abseil at the weekend for Marie Curie.

A CARNOUSTIE fund-raiser has raised almost £14,000 from an event which saw people descend down the tallest building in Dundee.

Petra McMillan had set a target of raising £10,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care but it looks as though that will be surpassed by an impressive £4,000.

Despite the blustery conditions atop of the University of Dundee’s Tower Building, 65 abseilers all took part in the event, many from Carnoustie and the local area.

And other Carnoustie people helping out included Nyona Nicol of Holyrood Street who did all of the admin on the day and also helped her daughter Annie and Petra’s daughter Heidi with a cake stall which raised £200 alone.

Gayle Ritson of South Kinloch Street provided much of the home baking with Gayle’s husband Kevin being top fund-raiser single handedly gathering £1,100 for the charity.

Local businesses Finn & Co hairdressers and Tesco Arbroath also entered teams to scale down the tower to raise money along with a bunch of nurses from Marie Curie.

The local nurses are based at Ashludie Hosptial in Monifieth and those taking part included Katrina Hunter, Jane McGowan and Lorraine Thorburn.

Petra’s friends and family along with her husband Tommy also supported the event with their niece Stephanie Bannon travelling all the way from Inverness to take part and Tommy’s colleagues coming all the way from Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Petra said: “It looks as though we may raise up to £14,000 from the event which translates into 700 hours of care for terminally ill people in the Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perthshire area.

“That’s a fantastic amount given we were aiming for £10,000 and, if possible, I’d like to thank all our abseilers, supporters and everyone who has donated to help us surpass our goal.”

Many events have been organised in aid of Marie Curie by Petra, whose mum Renate Rennie received help from the Marie Curie nurses whilst she was battling cancer.

And she added that her superstars of the day were Vikki Wilson and 10 year-old Alysson Ross from Cupar, who completed the abseil challenge.

She stated: “Both the mum, who has cervical cancer, and daughter completed the challenge to support other families living with the disease.

“The pair took part despite being involved in a car crash earlier in the week which left them both bruised and shaken. Together they raised more than £300 from taking part in the event.”