A leap in the right direction for local kids

Lesley Ross and her sons Harvey (10) and Kian (13) choose the winning tickets in the raffle held on Friday. Pic: Steven Brown

Lesley Ross and her sons Harvey (10) and Kian (13) choose the winning tickets in the raffle held on Friday. Pic: Steven Brown

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Jumping from a perfectly serviceable airplane may seem foolish to some but for a charity minded Leslie woman it has provided the perfect way to raise cash for local children.

Lesley Ross, an adult literacy tutor at Auchmuty Learning Centre in Glenrothes, jumped at the chance to combine a personal ambition with fundraising.

“I always wanted to do a skydive before I was 30 but it just didn’t happen,” said Lesley, now 34. “I heard on the radio that they were looking for people to take part in a skydive to raise money for Kingdom Kids so I thought it was the perfect opportunity.”

Excited for the challenge, Lesley is looking forward to the tandem skydive which, weather permitting, will take place on September 5 at Fife Airport.

Colleague Linda Thomson said: “She has done all of this on her own and I feel she should get some recognition for the amazing job she has done. She likes doing things for her community and the amount she has raised so far is overwhelming.”

A raffle took place last Friday at Auchmuty Learning Centre taking Lesley’s total to £3500. To donate visit her Just Giving page.

Money raised is kept in the community

Having worked on the streets of Glenrothes for eight years, engaging with underprivileged and disadvantaged youths, Lesley knows the importance of supporting a local charity such as Kingdom Kids.

She said: “I have done family work and I have seen the benefit of supporting young people in the area.”

The Kingdom Kids charity focuses on distributing funds to groups who support under privileged and disadvantaged youngsters throughout Fife.

They also offer funding to groups who are actively supporting the positive development of young people in the Fife area.