LOCAL couple Myra and George Love are taking on a considerable challenge in March – to fly across the River Clyde on a ZipWire from the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow – and they’re doing it all in aid of Cancer Support Scotland.
The money raised will go towards refurbishing The Calman Cancer Support Centre, (a former chapel in Gartnavel Hospital), which will open this summer and will double the current capacity to help ensure the ever-growing need for this service is met.
Just 18 months ago George (70) was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, and since then Myra (65) has been attending the charity’s support group on the island.
She told us: “The support and friendship I received from the group came at a time when I was very low and both my husband and I were struggling with his cancer diagnosis.
“I was welcomed into the group and found comfort in listening to others’ stories and seeing how other people cope with this terrible disease. It makes such a difference when you can talk to someone who has been through, or is going through, the same ordeals.”
Myra came across the ZipWire event while browsing the Cancer Support Scotland website and knew right away that she was interested.
She said: “I had always thought it looks like a fun and exciting thing to take part in, so why not do something I’ve dreamed about and raise money for a great charity I personally benefit from at the same time?
“When I told my husband my intentions, he jumped at the chance to take part too.”
Both have also been set a personal challenge by their son to raise £500 for the charity – so every penny really counts!
Cancer Support Scotland chief executive Colin Graham, who is also participating in the event, said: “Now that I’ve taken the plunge and signed myself up, I would love to have as many people as possible join me.
“I’m not a great fan of heights and feel rather squeamish at the thought, but it’s all for a great cause.”
Cancer Support Scotland (Tak Tent) provides complementary therapies, one-to-one talking therapy and support groups for anyone affected by cancer free of charge; this includes those living with the disease as well as friends and family. There are currently nine support groups in communities throughout west and central Scotland.
If you’d like to support George and Myra in their nerve-racking challenge, you can visit their online donation pages at http://www.justgiving.com/George-Love and http://www.justgiving.com/Myra-Love, or on their sponsorship forms, one of which is available at The Buteman office at 5 Victoria Street.