CHAR­ITY

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

A Cam­bus­lang fundraiser has hired a 300ft crane for peo­ple to jump off while dressed as Santa Claus.

Derek McEwan ( 40) has or­gan­ised a Santa Bungee Jump to raise money for the Yorkhill Chil­dren’s Char­ity.

He used to hold the an­nual event in Perthshire but last year brought it to the Brae­head Cen­tre in Glas­gow and hired a 300ft crane.

This year’s jump will take place on Satur­day, Novem­ber 28, but all par­tic­i­pants have to be wear­ing the red and white suit, in­clud­ing a white beard, in or­der to take part.

The event is a part­ner­ship be­tween the Cather­ine McEwan Foundation and Yorkhill Chil­dren’s Char­ity.

Derek started the Foundation to hon­our his mother, Cather­ine, who died at the age of 38 from Crohns dis­ease.

It is now in its 12th year, hav­ing raised hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds for var­i­ous good causes through­out that time.

Derek, who was just 16 when his mother passed away, is hop­ing this jump, which is the fourth he has or­gan­ised, will break the record from last year which saw £25,000 raised.

He said: “We had 50 peo­ple who did the jump last year and we raised £25,000 and we are look­ing to break the record this year. It is a bit of fun on at SOAR at Intu Brae­head where ev­ery­one gets dressed as Santa and jumps from 300ft.

“We have a part­ner­ship with Yorkhill Chil­dren’s Char­ity and it will help the chil­dren who suf­fer from Crohns and Coli­tis dis­ease.

“We are invit­ing as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to come down and sup­port as well as get­ting as many peo­ple in­volved. We are hop­ing we can get more peo­ple in­volved to in­crease the amount of money we raise.

“In De­cem­ber we will be kick­ing off our 13th year. It has been a suc­cess­ful 12 months and last year ev­ery­one had a fan­tas­tic time at the Santa Bungee.

“We saw how much of a suc­cess the Santa Dash was and we thought we would give peo­ple some­thing more edgier that would work quite well.

“All the funds will go to the kids that suf­fer from a ter­ri­ble ter­ri­ble ill­ness. It’s a kind of a no-brainer why peo­ple should get in­volved.

“It will give th­ese guys a bet­ter qual­ity of life.”

Derek has raised hun­dreds of thou­sands of cash for char­ity and holds dif­fer­ent events through­out the year.

He added: “This year has been pretty suc­cess­ful.

“The fam­ily fun days we have put on for the kids have been in­valu­able and it’s cer­tainly work­ing for those guys.

“We held our an­nual Red Hot Ball and a Ladies Lunch hosted by Jenny Cook.

“We also have a Knock­out Day. It’s all about rais­ing funds by hav­ing some fun for some­thing with such a se­ri­ous na­ture.”

Derek is also look­ing to host a Christ­mas con­cert and party in De­cem­ber and also Stand Up days next year.

Any­one in­ter­ested in jump­ing for char­ity should go visit http://www.yorkhill.org/ events/our-events/santa-bungee-2015.

Fundraiser Derek McEwan

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