Slimmers to support cancer charity

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DOZENS of local daredevils of all ages have backed a campaign by one of Scotland’s leading charities to help support families fighting cancer.

Up to 65 clients of, a healthy slimming lifestyle business with classes in Carnoustie, Arbroath and Forfar, aim to raise around £17,000 when they take part in the Marie Curie Daredevil Challenge next month.

The mass abseil of the 140-foot Tower Building of the University of Dundee on Saturday, June 2, will raise money to fund free professional nursing care to the terminally ill at home in the local area.

Letham-based businesswoman Gwen McCreadie, who herself will tackle the abseil with her husband, Dave Page, urged her 800 clients to sign up for the event to help support the charity’s band of nurses working locally and at the same time boost their own confidence by achieving a personal goal. She believes many of her clients will be on a real high when they come back down to earth.

Gwen said: “A lot of our clients lose confidence in themselves but as they lose weight they realise they can take on new challenges too and that is what happened here.

“I want my clients to feel good about themselves, their achievements and at the same time raise money for a very worthwhile local charity.”

With less than a month to go to the big day, Gwen’s clients have a bigger incentive than ever to feel tip top when they go over the top. She believes many of them will be more determined than ever to drop pounds in order to raise pounds for Marie Curie and, ironically, there will be a lot less of them coming down the ropes.

Last year the abseil event raised £17,000 to fund 850 hours of additional nursing care in the area and the event organiser, Carnoustie woman Petra McMillan, a patron of the charity, is hopeful her daredevils will match that total again.

She said: “Without the support of businesses like we’d struggle to help families when they need it most. Thanks to their commitment many local families will have the lifeline of a Marie Curie nurse in their hour of need.”

Every penny raised from the abseil event will stay within the postcode of origin to directly fund free care to the terminally at home from a Marie Curie nurse. Just £20 will ‘buy’ one hour of care.

In 2011 Marie Curie’s army of 2,000 nurses worked 1.2 million hours to help care for 31,000 people throughout the UK in their homes or at one of the network’s nine hospices.

The charity, which last year was supported to the tune of £6.83 million in Scotland alone, has resolved to double nursing provision throughout the UK by 2014. As an ageing population matures and more demand than ever is placed on the charity, this target becomes crucial to the one in two families which are currently turned away by the charity.

The charity has sent out more than 30 registration forms as far afield as Falkirk and Aberdeenshire but entries are still open for new participants.

For more information or to receive an entry form, contact Petra on 07717 810365 or via