Zipping to help cancer charities

Heather Dick, Jan McCutcheon, Sheila McCosh, Fiona Colley, Mark Colley, Kyle McCutcheon, Emily McCutcheon
Heather Dick, Jan McCutcheon, Sheila McCosh, Fiona Colley, Mark Colley, Kyle McCutcheon, Emily McCutcheon

A group of 70 brave fundraisers launched themselves down Scotland’s longest zipwire at Laggan Outdoor Centre near Creetown as part of The Big Zip – Scream It Out For Cancer recently.

Zipping along the 820m wires at up to 55mph, the screams were heard loud and clear!

The intrepid zippers came from across Dumfries and Galloway as well as further afield, even as far as London. The youngest zipper was eight-year-old Jack McHattie from Newton Stewart and the oldest was 85-year-old Bransby Clarke of Moffat. They were joined on the day by local MSP Alex Fergusson who joined in to help raise money for three key cancer charities: Marie Curie, Breast Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK.

So far they have raised more than £18,000, with more sponsorship still coming in.

Event organiser and former cancer patient Fiona Colley said: “I’ve been totally overwhelmed by the generosity of all those who sponsored the zippers, and amazed at the zippers themselves, as many were terrified of heights, but were determined to overcome their fears to support the event. It was great that people were willing to travel some distance to take part and make it such a hugely successful weekend.”