Brave souls raise cash for Macmillan

The Macmillan Cancer Support abseil, organised by the charity’s Stranraer committee, attracted more than 65 participants who travelled from as far as Australia to take part at the weekend.

The weather forecast was not great, but during the event the sun shone through and the rain stopped as participants helped raise in excess of £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Left to right Ross (Free Spirit employee) kitting up Murray Stewart and Nigel Baillee

Left to right Ross (Free Spirit employee) kitting up Murray Stewart and Nigel Baillee

First to take the plunge was Stranraer dentist Kenny Barr. He has taken part in every abseil organised by Macmillan raising over £3000 for the charity.

In recognition of this achievement, Kenny was given the honour of being the firts down. It was the first time for Visit Scotland’s Caroline Robertson, who, prior to doing the abseil, was nervous but once back down on solid ground was over the moon that she had achieved a life time ambition.

She said: “You don’t know that this means to me – it was such an awesome experience. It is something I’ve always wanted to do, and as I have been to the Mull of Galloway so many times in my capacity as quality and tourism advisor (Dumfries and Galloway) for Visit Scotland, it was an ideal opportunity not to be missed.”

Some of the participants came in fancy dress and these included The Incredible Hulk Paul Redden, Dennis the Menace Glynis Bone and Batman Stephen Redden.

Also in fancy dress was Dawn Hamilton dressed as a lady bird, accompanied by Hazel Hamilton who was dressed as a bumble bee.

After the event, Angela McCormack Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising manager for Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway paid tribute to all those who had taken part, both doing the abseil and organizing the event.

She said: “Once again the support for Macmillan Cancer Support has been overwhelming. It is no mean feat to abseil off such a tall structure, particularly when surrounded by 200 feet cliffs which make it seem taller than it really is.

“Macmillan would like to thank the Northern Lighthouse Board for allowing us to use the tower, the South Rhins Community Development Trust and the Mull of Galloway Trust for allowing us to use the exhibition room and of course the members of the Stranraer committee and other volunteers who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this event such a success.”

The next Macmillan event is the nationwide Macmillan Coffee morning, where anyone has the opportunity to hold a coffee morning and raise funds for Macmillan. The Stranraer committee is once again holding their coffee morning at the Soleburn Garden Centre, Leswalt on the morning of Friday 27th September.

If you want to hold your own coffee morning to raise funds then contact Angela McCormack on either or telephone 07801307043 or visit