Daredevil challenge storms to success

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High-flying fundraisers braved severe winds on Saturday to complete an abseil challenge in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The final total is still unconfirmed, but it is believed that around £11,000 was raised by the Marie Curie Daredevil Challenge which saw volunteers abseil 140 feet from the top of the University of Dundee Tower Building to help fund professional end of life treatment for terminally people in our area.

Petra McMillan, from Carnoustie, founder of the event and Marie Curie patron, praised the participants.

She said: “Without a doubt, the conditions this year were the toughest our daredevils have ever faced.

“High winds on the ground are felt much more keenly 140feet in the air so the fact that all our abseilers completed the challenge is a testament to their bravery and commitment and also to our team who kept everyone safe and allowed them to achieve their goal on the day.

“Thanks to their dedication we’ll now be able to ‘buy’ 550 hours of care for individuals who want to be at home at the end of life, supported by our wonderful community nursing service.”

Two of the biggest groups taking part included a 13-strong team from Carnoustie, led by hairdresser Linda Merrilees, who recently formed a new fundraising group in the Angus town and eight colleagues from Charlie Taylor Hair & Beauty, including 16-year-old Robyn Gauld, from Broughty Ferry, the youngest daredevil to date.

Stuart Williams-White travelled all the way from Manchester to take part after hearing about the event from his colleague, Kirsty Cameron. He completed the abseil in memory of his nan Alice White, who was nursed by a Marie Curie team 10 years ago.

He said: “I didn’t get the chance to be with my nan when she died but I’ll never be able to thank Marie Curie enough for the care they gave her and for helping her to be at home at the end where she wanted to be.

“This is my way of thanking them and remembering my nan though I’m pretty sure she’d think I was daft for doing this!”