Staff at a Fife cable company have been reaching new heights at a charity event to raise money for cause close to their hearts.
Employees at Virgin Media, based in Bankhead Industrial Estate, Glenrothes took part in a fundraising outdoor rock climb in August to collect money for Action Duchenne.
Action Duchenne is the only national charity that exclusively funds research for a cure and promotes campaigns for better medical care for Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy.
The charity, set up in 2001, raises funds to pay for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is a very severe muscle wasting disease. There is no cure for the condition and as well as research, money collected by the charity goes to help those affected to help give them a better standard of living.
The rock climb was organised by Virgin Media staff member Scott Morgan.
Scott told The Gazette: “The charity is very close to our hearts as at Virgin a colleague of ours, from Leven, has a son who suffers from the disease.
A team of eight co-workers from Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Leven and Dunfermline area took part and all survived a day’s outdoor rock climb in Kirremuir.
‘‘ The only training we received was on the day and none of us had done rock climbing before.
‘‘We collected sponsorship from friends, family and work colleagues and we were recently pleased to find out we raised a grand total of £1000.
Scott continued: “The whole day was very challenging indeed, particularly where the team managed to climb up and successfully finish a ‘Grade five’ climb.
‘‘There are only 10 grades in the world to complete with one being the easiest. Our colleague was delighted with the money raised but he was also pleased that we were able to create awareness for the charity because Action Duchenne is not one of the better known charities.”
Scott added: “Everyone, including the team and Dean Widd who runs Action Duchenne, was very pleased with the money were were able to raise within our centre.” Virgin Media has already raised a lot for charity this year collecting £3120 between Maggie’s and Action Duchenne within the centre.
About Action Duchenne
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a heartbreaking disease. Children begin to see their muscles waste away and families struggle to cope with the diagnosis and day to day management of the condition. Young men die early in their late teens or are left wheelchair bound and unable to move unaided. The hope for families lies in new treatments that can slow or stop DMD in its tracks. Action Duchenne is the only national charity that exclusively funds research for a cure and promotes campaigns for better medical care for Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy. Originally known as Parent Project UK, the charity was set up and run by parents and supporters of boys with DMD in 2001. Action Duchenne Ltd was established as a limited company by guarantee not having share capital in 2003. The objects of the charity are “The relief of persons with Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy through such means as are charitable by law.