Local charity fundraiser Karen Anderson is getting ready to steel her nerves when she takes part in the Provost’s charity skydive.
The sponsored feat, which takes place on Friday 28 August, will see Provost Anne Hall, Karen Anderson and the skydive team jump from a plane at 10,000 ft and experiencing 30 seconds of free-fall at around 120 mph.
Karen, a veteran supporter of the Provost’s charity fundraising scheme, joined Provost Hall on her first charity event, an abseil down Renfrewshire Council’s HQ in Paisley. Last year, Karen also took part in the wing-walk, which raised £8,000 for armed forces charity Help for Heroes.
Karen said: “I am always up for a challenge, so when the Provost said she was doing a skydive to raise money for her four charities, I was probably one of the first to join.
“Charity is always close to my heart. I regularly attend St Vincent’s Hospice ladies lunch, which is always a fun afternoon, and take part in raffles and charity lotteries – every little bit helps when it comes to charity.
“My family, friends and colleagues are supporting me with sponsorship and I hope to raise as much money as I can. When people find out what you are doing for charity they have been very supportive.”
Each skydiver is looking to raise £500 in sponsorship and all monies raised will be split equally amongst the Provosts chosen charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s.
Provost Hall said: “Giving something back to four fantastic charities that do so much for local people is vital.
I know everyone is doing everything they can to raise as much money as possible for charity, but they will also be getting themselves ready to step foot outside a plane.
“I am really looking for to it. It certainly is a thrilling once-in-a-lifetime event.”