Three members of staff at a Cupar bakery business are still waiting to make a giant leap in support of one of their colleagues who has been receiving hospital treatment.
Dora Gage, manager of Fisher and Donaldson’s shop in the Crossgate and two of her assistants, Kate Cleary amd Henia McLauchlan, had hoped to complete a 10,000-feet tandem parachute jump earlier this month, but bad weather has delayed their charity effort.
They decided to take to the skies after friend and bakery office assistant Julie Nicholl (42) was being treated for Myeloma cancer.
Julie, who has worked with the bakers for more than 20 years, has been receiving treatment at the haematology ward at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy.
She joined her colleagues in the shop last Friday as a cheque for £3250 was handed over to hospital staff.
Julie said: “I have been taken aback by this wonderful gesture and the fact that my colleagues are raising money for NHS Fife only adds to my admiration for them.
“The staff at the Vic are fabulous and I couldn’t ask for better care. They are always there for you and I always feel safe and humbled in their hands.
“I am really pleased that the girls have raised all this money.”
Gillian Wilson, senior charge nurse on the haematology ward, was “delighted” to accept the cheque on behalf of NHS Fife.
“The fantastic amount that has been raised is testament to Julie and the high regard in which she is held by those who know her.
“Julie has been receiving treatment on the ward for around two and a half years and has become known for bringing in cakes for everyone. Whenever I would come in and see cakes lying about I would always know that Julie had been in for treatment – as you can imagine, she is a real favourite with the staff here.
“All of those involved in the fund-raising skydive can be extremely proud of their efforts and the money that they raised will be put to good use on the ward.”
The jump has been rescheduled for next month but may take place sooner if there are cancellations.