Two charities have benefited from the excellent fundraising efforts of Information Assistant Amy Marshall recently.
She raised more than £1200 for two charities – Breast Cancer Now (£500) and Strathcarron Hospice (£700) – through an Afternoon Tea Garden Party and a Highland Fling Bungee drop respectively.
The Highland Fling Bungee jump – which was postponed due to the Covid pandemic – saw Amy free-fall 40 metres towards water from a bridge Bungee jump platform, reaching a speed of 50mph.
Amy, who is pictured here with her daughter Lois (4), who gave her moral support when she went to complete her bungee jump, said: “I signed up to the Highland Swing for Strathcarron Hospice because it’s a local charity who provide such an amazing service to so many people. Unfortunately I’ve lost three out of four grandparents to cancer and my grandad was one of the very first people to be taken in to Strathcarron when it first opened.
“Realistically, I am aware that people who I love and care for might need Strathcarron one day… if they are still going, so that is why I wanted to raise money for them. It’s only when I started looking into what Strathcarron do, that I realised just how much they rely on people making donations and raising funds to keep their existing services going.
“I then signed up to the Afternoon Tea for Breast Cancer Now, as sadly one of my best friends was diagnosed with breast cancer during lockdown. She’s undergone six rounds of chemotherapy, surgery and 19 rounds of radiotherapy – and still come out the other side of it smiling!
“She is a huge inspiration to my friends and I. I asked if she would mind if I hosted this afternoon tea in honour of her and her amazing strength throughout it all, and it went very well. I never expected to raise half the amount of money that I did for both charities and I’m so overwhelmed by how generous everyone has been.”
Pauline Donaldson, FVC’s Soft Services and Sustainability Manager and Amy’s line manager, said: “My congratulations to Amy on her fund raising efforts to support two fantastic charities and supporting her best friend through a difficult time. We are all very proud of her.”