More families faced with terminal illness will be able to help a loved one stay home thanks to the bravery of a band of fund-raisers.
Petra McMillan, Angus patron for Marie Curie Cancer Care, the charity which provides free professional nursing care to the terminally ill at home, revealed that almost £14,000 has been raised as a result of an annual abseil challenge held in Dundee earlier this summer.
Now in its third year, the Marie Curie Daredevil Challenge has generated almost £42,000 for the charity, every penny of which has been spent in the local community to provide high-quality nursing care.
Petra, from Carnoustie and a volunteer for the charity, praised the many Angus and Dundee supporters who had either participated in the event or had supported the daredevils’ 130ft abseil of the University of Dundee Tower Building in June.
This year Carnoustie father and son George Black and Reece Chalmers were joined by family friend Grant Sutherland on the ropes to raise £1,139 for the charity in support of Reece’s grandad George snr who is terminally ill.
In addition, brother and sister Daniel and Kathryn Brown of Broughty Ferry raked in £850 in memory of their late grandmother with their daring feat.
Petra, who began organising the abseil in recognition of the charity’s support to her own family, praised the band of 70 abseilers.
She said: ”We very much appreciate the bravery other people show in support of our nursing service and we’re very proud to be able to use that money locally to support families in our community.
“Helping someone who is terminally ill to end their life where they feel most comfortable is an act of humanity that we can all understand and one that we can all support with Marie Curie.”