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 leading 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 1:1 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, Murray Glen, Account Manager at Hollicom PR, Dale Carr, owner of sponsor TopCat Window Blinds, Clydebank Head Teach Mark Hunter and oil and gas magnate Andy Dodds 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.
Jordan 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, CEO of the Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “The idea of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane is terrifying and exciting in equal measure, which is why it’s such a good idea to do it for charity-it is a true challenge to raise £100,000..
“I wish everyone, including myself the best of luck in their training and on the day. As I keep reminding myself, It’s all for a good cause!”
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