Taking the plunge for a good cause

Sam Greig and Sammy Fyfe
Sam Greig and Sammy Fyfe

THE sky was the limit for two members of staff from Summers Nursery in Inverurie recently, when they decided to “take the plunge” and raise money for a children’s cancer charity.

Sammy Fyfe from Inverurie and Sam Greig from Cushnie were the intrepid pair who managed to raise a fantastic £1200 for Lennox Childrens Cancer Fund by taking part in a sponsored skydive.

When a leaflet from the charity arrived at the nursery advertising skydiving as a possible fund-raising venture, both Sam and Sammy thought it would be “an amazing experience” and a great way to raise money for a good cause. As they both work with children the idea of changing children’s lives who are suffering from cancer had instant appeal.

They ventured to Strathallan Skydive, near Auchterarder where they both undertook a tandem jump on a dual harness with a qualified instructor, and were in free-fall for around thirty seconds before landing safely.

The charity was set up in 1992 with the main aim of supporting hospitals that have children’s cancer wards by providing specialist equipment, refurbishment, toys and children’s parties. They also recognised that there was very little direct support available to the families of children suffering from cancer. Lennox Childrens Cancer Fund grew to enable it to offer more direct support to families, including practical, emotional and financial support through their two main projects Care Grants and Respite Breaks.

They provide families a week long break free of charge, often with additional spending money, which allows them to spend some quality time as a “normal family” which often can make the world of difference to the child’s wellbeing. Lennox say that removing the stress and cost of organising a holiday is one of the ways it can achieve its aim of providing practical help to families in need.

Sam and Sammy said that the scheme is a wonderful facility for children who are unable to travel abroad due to their illness. They wish to pass on grateful thanks to all that sponsored them and are positive that the money raised will make a great difference to families that have children with cancer.