Brave Donna takes the plunge for char­ity

Ti­tan bungee leap raises thou­sands

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Half­way woman took an almighty leap re­cently for char­ity.

Donna Suther­land, 36, leapt off the Ti­tan crane in Cly­de­bank to raise money for Pan­cre­atic Cancer Scot­land.

And she’s al­ready earned £2,213 for the cause.

She was in­spired to take the chal­lenge be­cause of her friend Fiona Brown, who works for the char­ity.

Donna, a teacher at Calderglen High in East Kil­bride, ex­plained: “I’d been at school with Fiona and she was in the year above me.

“I bumped into her last year in the su­per­mar­ket and we be­came friends, and I learned more about pan­cre­atic cancer through her work there.

“Pan­cre­atic cancer is some­thing where there hasn’t been any progress in ex­pected life­span within the past 40 years, which is hor­rific, so I wanted to do some­thing to raise money and aware­ness.

“It needed to be some­thing that would take me out of my com­fort zone so I thought about do­ing the bungee jump.”

The ac­tual ex­pe­ri­ence was over in a flash for Donna.

She added: “It felt a bit like fly­ing and there was a lot of adren­a­line.

“How­ever the lift was bro­ken so I had to walk the 256 steps just to get to the top be­fore I jumped - that meant my legs were like jelly when I got there!

“The staff were all fan­tas­tic at ex­plain­ing ev­ery­thing, and then you just put your hands in front like Su­per­man and jumped off. “It was done in about 45 sec­onds. “My hus­band Martin was con­vinced I wouldn’t do it be­cause al­though I’m OK with things like roller­coast­ers I didn’t man­age to do an aerial train­ing course a while back.

“When I told my fam­ily I was do­ing this they were pretty shocked but they were all there on the day to sup­port me.”

The crane it­self had been lit pur­ple to raise aware­ness of pan­cre­atic cancer.

Each year around 9,500 peo­ple in the UK are di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease.

Donna hopes her jump will raise more aware­ness, as well as cash.

She said: “I’m to­tally over the moon at the amount we have raised be­cause my tar­get was £500.

“I felt that peo­ple need to be aware of what the early warn­ing symp­toms are as well, as it might help save their lives.

“It can be things like un­ex­plained weight loss, jaun­dice, loss of ap­petite or changes to bowel move­ments, and if you’re hav­ing is­sues with that then get it checked out.”

Visit www.just­giv­ing.com/ fundrais­ing/donna-suther­land3 to do­nate to Donna’s cause. Or visit www.pan­canscot.org for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on Pan­cre­atic Cancer Scot­land.

It felt a bit like fly­ing and there was a lot of adren­a­line

All good A de­lighted Donna after the jump

Not for the faint-hearted Donna steps off the 150ft high crane plat­form

Ready to go Donna on the day of the leap

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