Staff at a Fife cable company have again splashed out at a charity event to raise £1000 for a cause close to their hearts.
Employees at Virgin Media, based in Bankhead Industrial Estate, Glenrothes took part in a fundraising canyoning event in Aberfeldy 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 fundraiser was organised by Virgin Media staff member Scott Morgan. This is the third year he has organised a fundraiser for Action Duchenne.
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 Methil area took part and all survived a day’s canyoning.
“The only training we received was on the day and not one person had done canyoning before. It can be a very dangerous sport as you are wadding through rivers, sliding down water falls and the jumps can range from 8ft to ‘you must be kidding jumps’.
“The last jump was 35 feet and took quite a bit of bottle to push yourself off. The one problem we had was that one colleague had to pull out 48hrs beforehand because of health reasons, so we luckily managed to get a replacement at short notice.
“The replacement studied You Tube and websites for five hours the previous night on kayaking....wasn’t until he was picked up to drive through he was told it was canyoning! He was a bit taken back by it all to say the least!
“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: “Everyone was very pleased within our centre, the team and also Paul Brown who runs Action Duchenne. The money has already been handed over. We would also like to thank Loch Tay Lodges for giving our team a discount on accommodation during events. They have done this over the last three events because its for charity which we appreciate.” Virgin Media has already raised a lot for charity this year collecting £2500 between Maggie’s and Action Duchenne.