Challenge brings in the cash

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A CARNOUSTIE councillor had an experience she will never forget after living the life of a firefighter to raise money for a family charity.

On Sunday, Councillor Helen Oswald raised over £700 by sliding down a fireman’s pole, driving a fire engine and then taking part in a water rescue from the River Tay.

The triple challenge raised vital cash for the Moira Fund, a charity set up in memory of Helen’s murdered niece Moira Jones, which helps the families of victims of violent deaths.

And Helen was delighted to have raised so much money in such a fun way.

She told the Guide & Gazette: “It was absolutely fantastic, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to arrange this for me and they were all helpful, humorous and very patient.

“They certainly gave me the opportunity to have some experiences I will never forget.

“Sliding down the pole was really fun and driving the engine was a bit scary as it was such a huge vehicle.

“And even when I was in the water the firefighters did a marvellous job and it really was a fantastic experience.”

The Moira Fund was set up by Helen’s family in the aftermath of Moira’s murder three years ago in Queen’s Park in Glasgow.

And the Carnoustie councillor is pleased that her challenge has raised the profile of the charity.

She added: “Not only have we raised £700 for the fund, we have also raised its profile.

“I was speaking to Moira’s parents on Tuesday evening and they were delighted with the coverage and how much it has boosted the fund.”

Now Helen has returned to her day job of representing the people on Angus Council, but she added she definitely has a new found admiration for the fire service.

She explained: “As a member of Tayside Fire and Rescue Board, this has certainly given me a new insight into just how skilled these firefighters are.

“They are constantly undergoing exercises to upgrade and hone their skills and it brought home to me just how dedicated they are.”