Friends are for the high jump

Girls with a head for heights, sky divers Kaylee MacDonald and Claire Kirkwood.'SGGY 030713 1
Girls with a head for heights, sky divers Kaylee MacDonald and Claire Kirkwood.'SGGY 030713 1

Claire Kirkwood and Kaylee MacDonald will be swapping their usual surroundings of Minnigaff for the sky above Perth on September 7 as they take part in a skydive for Yorkhill Children’s Charity,

The opportunity first caught their eye when Claire spotted it on the charity’s Facebook page, and she immediately asked Kaylee what her thoughts about it were.

It didn’t take much convincing, though Claire said Kaylee’s initial reaction was one of shock. “She said, ‘Oh my God, are you joking?’ But then we decided we’d do it. After that I asked, ‘Do you like heights, Kaylee?’ She said, ‘I can’t even go up a ladder!’

“Our friends said we were off our heads.”

The duo have both shown the courage to go through with the plan, however, and they’re now waiting for the day when they’ll go 10,000 feet up in the air, preparing to dive back to earth. The nerves aren’t getting to them yet, though they did admit that as the time draws closer the excitement might start to be replaced by worry.

The charity is particularly special to Kaylee, as her daughter has had treatment at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children – which the charity supports – since birth. In addition to raising money for the organisation, they also hope to raise awareness of how vital the facility is. To complement the headline act just over two months away, there will be a variety of local events.

“We’re going to be holding a children’s disco in the Central, we’re doing car boot sales in Auchenlarie and, hope­fully, we’re going to be doing bag-packing,” explained Claire.

Keep an eye open for events as the big day draws closer.