140-foot challenge awaits

A LETHAM woman is preparing to tackle a daredevil challenge with the support of dozens of campaigners across Angus.

Gwen McCreadie, who runs a slimming business throughout the county, hopes to raise around £17,000 when she and 65 of her clients take the Marie Curie Daredevil Challenge next month.

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

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

She said: “Without the support of businesses like Gwen’s 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.

Last year, 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 mature 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.

For more information or to receive an entry form, contact Petra on 07717 810365 or via petramcmillan@aol.com.