Cupar women to skydive for memorial fund

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THERE are easier ways to raise money for a good cause than jumping out of a plane — but that’s exactly what three daredevil Cupar women will be doing next month!

Val El Dieb, Natalie Dow and Shirley McGhie are set to skydive from 14,000 feet in aid of the Darren Lackie Memorial Appeal.

Black Watch soldier Darren died at the age of just 21 while on holiday in Portugal last month.

A fund has since been set up to pay for a memorial to Darren in Cupar and to improve facilities for youngsters in the town.

Val, who runs the Golf Tavern on South Road, said the trio were “crazy” for taking on the challenge.


She told the Fife Herald: “We’re all scared even to climb a wee step ladder!

“But it just seemed like a fantastic way to raise money for the appeal.

“I mentioned to Natalie, who’s a barmaid at the Golf, that it was a pity we hadn’t done something like a skydive when we were raising money for Help for Heroes recently.

“Then I went ahead and booked it — she had to be picked up off the floor!”

Val, Natalie and Shirley, who works at St Andrews Community Hospital, will be taking the plunge at Errol airfield on Saturday, June 11.

Sponsorship forms have been placed in pubs around Cupar, and Val encouraged locals to contribute.

She said: “It’s such a fantastic local cause and the whole town seems to be behind us.

“We’re trying not to think about the skydive at the moment, but someone told me the other day that we’ll be falling about three miles.

“I was fine until I heard that — for some reason it sounds a lot worse than 14,000 feet!”

The Golf Tavern will be hosting two more events in aid of the appeal this weekend.

Tomorrow (Saturday) night local band The Seadogs will be performing live, and on Sunday the pub will host a family fun day.

The fun day — which has a ‘superheroes’ fancy dress theme — gets going at 1pm and will feature a barbecue, karaoke and a bouncy castle.