Family’s brave united front

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Three generations of a Carnoustie family have united to raise awareness of the crisis facing people like them who are living with terminal illness.

Just weeks after learning that his own father has only months left to live, George Black (46) and his son Reece Chalmers (18) have begun a mission to fundraise for the very service their own family may one day call upon.

Putting their own upset aside, the brave duo will tomorrow (Saturday) join 68 other daredevils in a 130ft abseil of the University of Dundee Tower Building in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care, the charity which provides free professional nursing care.

Construction project manager George and son Reece, a student at Dundee College are tackling the challenge, along with family friend Grant Sutherland, as a living tribute to 71-year-old George senior who has recently been told he has less than two years left to live.

George jnr was motivated to take part in the Marie Curie Daredevil Challenge by a desire to support families like his own.

He said: ”If I do this it makes it right. I want to do something positive to help Marie Curie to help other families like ours.”

George and Reece are tackling the challenge and publicly supporting the charity with the blessing of George snr who lives in Carnoustie with his wife Agnes.

Currently in good health and enjoying family life at home, George gamely tried to convince his dad to make the abseil a three-generation challenge but Mr Black has instead opted to support his son and grandson from a distance - 130ft less to be exact!