Heroes raise £1,000 for sick kids

The thought of jumping out of an aeroplane almost two miles above land would petrify most people.

Saturday, 29th October 2016, 7:00 am
India Guthrie skydive

However, India Guthrie put her fears behind her as she took a giant leap of faith to raise vital funds for local fundraising project, Eveolution.

India, 26, from Tweedmouth, flew up to a whopping 10,000 feet above Glenrothes before jumping into the cloudy skies over St Andrews after drumming up amazing support and a fantastic £750 of sponsorship.

Eveolution is a local fundraiser that has been set up to raise money for the staff and doctors of Ward 7 at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh.

They helped save the life of Eve McGonigle, from Berwickshire, when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumour, aged two.

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The donations will help fund new equipment and improve the environment for patients in Ward 7, which offers specialist care for paediatric patients with neuro-medical and neurosurgical conditions.

Following the skydive last Sunday, India said: “I was touched by Eve’s story and inspired by her positive attitude – she’s always smiling!

“Positivity is such a wonderful trait, I think it has a knock-on effect when you encounter someone with a positive perspective.

“The sky dive was pretty nerve-wracking considering the bad weather conditions.

“In the plane, I found myself thinking of Eve and her lust for life, it definitely spurred me on!”

Glasgow University student, Matthew Oliver has also been stepping out to raise funds.

Matthew, 21, from Foulden raised over £250 as he competed in the Glasgow half-marathon on October 2, smashing the 13.1 mile run in just 1 hour and 41 minutes.

Sandra McGonigle, for Eveolution added: “We are not only grateful, but also in awe of India and Matthew’s amazing triumphs.

“We are so touched and thankful to both and their wonderful friends and families who have all contributed to this fantastic cause so close to our hearts.

“Every penny donated will be gifted to the wonderful staff of Ward 7 at Edinburgh Sick Kids to help families like ours to get through the most traumatic times. Thank you.”

Since launching the fundraiser back in 2014, Eveolution has raised over £15,000 to date.

Are you up for a challenge to help drum up more funds for Eveolution? If so, visit the Eveolution Facebook page.

If you have any fundraising stories to tell, email reporter at ian.smith@jpress.co.uk