Carnoustie fund-raisers ready for charity abseil

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CARNOUSTIE is set to be well represented at a charity abseil event tomorrow (Saturday) which will see people descend down one of Dundee’s tallest buildings to raise cash.

Fund-raiser Petra McMillan, whose aim is to raise £10,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care, will be taking part in the daredevil stunt down the University of Dundee’s Tower Building along with fellow Carnoustie resident David Taylor.

David along with friends Richard Fenwick and Craig Brown are gathering funds in honour of David’s four-year-old daughter Jessica, who suffers from skin condition congenital melanocytic naevus.

Jessica often has to travel to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London for treatment.

The group hope to raise more money by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in October and the event tomorrow will kick-start their fund-raising campaign.

David explained: “My daughter has had this condition since birth and it requires frequent trips to Great Ormond Street where treatment is expensive.

“We are trying to raise as much as we can for the Caring Matters Now group and we are carrying out a fund-raising drive this year which will end in our trip to Kilimanjaro.

“But the support of the people in Carnoustie has been great and we have more events lined up for the future.”

Petra, who helped David get involved with the abseil, has been focused on her fund-raising drive for the past year and she has organised many events in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Her mum, Renate Rennie, formerly of Carnoustie, suffered from cancer but through the help of Marie Curie she was able to spend her final weeks in her own home.

Earlier in the year Petra ran the London Marathon and has also held jewellery sales with help from her daughter, Heidi.

The abseil tomorrow will add to her target of raising £10,000 and she too has been amazed by the generosity of people in the local area.

Petra said: “I have to say a huge thank you to Guide & Gazette readers who have donated a big percentage of what I have raised.

“They have really put their hands in their pockets and it has definitely helped us.

“Tomorrow we have a team from Finn and Co hairdressers in Carnoustie and Tesco Arbroath taking part so it really will be a great weekend with a lot of Carnoustie involvement.”