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Business leaders set to defy gravity for cancer charity

 

The charity skydive is hoping to raise £100,000 for Beatson Cancer Charity

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Beatson’s heroic Ballbusters preparing for their gravity-defying skydive to raise £100,000 in aid of Scotland’s cancer centre.

Leading business executives from across the Beatson’s business ambassador network are raising funds for the Beatson Cancer Charity and West of Scotland Cancer Centre by raising as much money as possible from colleagues, friends and family who would like to see them thrown out of a plane.

It is hoped funds raised will help continue wellbeing support to both inpatients and outpatients such as therapies to help relieve stress and support recovery, hairdressing, podiatry and one-to-one support in liaising with their employer during a mental and physically taxing period of treatment.

Dale Carr, director of TopCat Window Binds in Kirkintilloch, said: “The Beatson is really close to my heart, I am trying to raise as much money as possible for those who need it most.

“Now that I’ve been to the airport and seen how high the planes go, I’m quite nervous!”

The jump, scheduled for September, will take place above Glenrothes and Beatson Cancer Charity’s Ian Murray, BBC presenter James Mackenzie, Murray Glen, account manager at Hollicom PR, Dale Carr, owner of sponsor TopCat Window Blinds, and Clydebank head teacher Mark Hunter are among those taking part. The line-up is complete with a touch of showbiz sparkle as business leaders are joined by Scot Squad, River City and stage star Jordan Young.

Young said “I am supporting the Beatson Cancer charity because I have had friends who have been treated by them, I know first-hand how amazing their work is.

“I’ll be fundraising by posting videos, pictures and updates talking about my genuine fear in the hopes people donate, I’ll be banging the Beatson drum!”

The Ballbusters will not be the first to go where eagles dare to fly as in 2019, 17 amazing women came together to take on the same challenge. These women are known as the Beatson Booby Birds and raised a wonderful £86,000.

Martin Cawley, chief executive of the Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “I’d like to thank all of the Ballbusters for supporting us as they aim to raise £100 000 with this feat which I’ve no doubt will be both terrifying and exhilarating!”

 

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