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Daredevils descend for cancer charity

Pic Alan Richardson Dundee, Pix-AR.co.uk
Iain Thomson from Carnoustie
The fourth annual Marie Curie Daredevil Challenge will took place at the University of Dundee Tower Building on Saturday, June 7 
The sponsored abseil event is in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care, the charity that provides free professional nursing care to the terminally ill at home.
This is our fourth event and we hope to raise in excess of �15,000 this year to be spent in the Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and north-east Fife area.  Our total to date is around �48,000.
Every penny raised from this event will directly fund free high-quality, hands-on nursing care in this postcode area to individuals with a range of terminal illnesses, including cancer, at home, at the end of life.This year, we have 63 people signed up - age range is 17 to 75 - and they hail from Aberdeen to Stirling.We have large teams from NHS Tayside, Charlie Taylor Hair and Beauty and the University of Dundee.

Pic Alan Richardson Dundee, Pix-AR.co.uk Iain Thomson from Carnoustie The fourth annual Marie Curie Daredevil Challenge will took place at the University of Dundee Tower Building on Saturday, June 7 The sponsored abseil event is in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care, the charity that provides free professional nursing care to the terminally ill at home. This is our fourth event and we hope to raise in excess of �15,000 this year to be spent in the Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and north-east Fife area. Our total to date is around �48,000. Every penny raised from this event will directly fund free high-quality, hands-on nursing care in this postcode area to individuals with a range of terminal illnesses, including cancer, at home, at the end of life.This year, we have 63 people signed up - age range is 17 to 75 - and they hail from Aberdeen to Stirling.We have large teams from NHS Tayside, Charlie Taylor Hair and Beauty and the University of Dundee.

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.

 

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