Plucky abseilers from across Angus raised significant sums of cash for Marie Curie during an annual charity abseil on June 7.
Hailed a ‘soaring success’ by organisers, 66 brave souls from every corner of Dundee and Angus turned out in the brilliant sunshine for the 4th Marie Curie Daredevil Challenge at the University of Dundee.
Organised by Marie Curie Cancer Care, the mass 130-foot abseil off the Tower Building has already raised over £11,500, with more sponsorship set to follow in the next few weeks.
Petra McMillan, a patron for the charity, believes the total - every penny of which will be spent in this postcode area - could climb as high as £13,000: “Our abseil has been a soaring success and we’d like to thank everyone who took part and everyone else who has supported them to help us towards this fantastic total.
“Thanks to the bravery of our daredevils, we will be able to provide high quality, hands on care to individuals with a range of terminal conditions - not just cancer - at home, at the end of life in this postcode area this summer.”
One of those taking part was Janette Simpkins, of Broughty Ferry, who overcame her chronic vertigo in memory of her late husband Ed, who was nursed by Marie Curie at home.
Now in its fourth year, the abseil has raised close to £60,000.
With just £20 ‘buying’ one hour of care, this equates to 3000 hours of free professional nursing care for families who are committed to supporting a loved-one’s wish to be at home.
Currently in this postcode area, for every one family Marie Curie can help, one is turned away due to lack of funds and its this imbalance that Petra is determined to address:
“I strongly believe that every person deserves the right to be where they want to be at the end of life but it is a cruel fact that without enough funds in place there is no guarantee of that outcome.
“Thanks to people like Janette and all our daredevils, we’re ensuring the funds are in place for more families to have their call for help answered when it really counts.”
To find out more about Marie Curie Cancer Care, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk or call Petra on 07717 810365.