In May 2012, Emma Willmott and Katie Pritchard were one of many people devastated by the loss of their much-loved colleague and friend, Gary Parsons.
In March 2012, Gary sadly lost his battle with Leukaemia and his family had asked for half of the donations made at his funeral to be given to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
But Emma and Katie also decided to do something themselves, to raise money for the charity by doing a bungee jump off of the Garry Bridge in Scotland, and given they were honouring the memory of Gary, it seemed like fate that the pair should do it.
Known as ‘The Highland Fling’, the jump is a 140ft drop from the bridge which sits over the Garry River in Perthshire, Scotland. And on May 6 2012, Emma and Katie wore their complimentary Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research T-shirts with pride as they took on one of the most exhilarating, amazing, and petrifying experiences of their lives.
The jump was made even more poignant knowing that they were doing the jump in the memory of Gary, who had worked for thirty years in the Ambulance service and was highly thought of by all of his colleagues, so much so that Emma and Katie decided to take on the jump.
The support that Emma and Katie received was nothing short of extraordinary. They raised £505 through JustGiving donations, they received a cheque from their local branch of Unison for £250, adding to their already impressive total of £1,457 which was made up from sponsorship and donations for cakes Emma and Katie made for their colleagues in return for a voluntary donation.
Through all of this effort and support, the grand total raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in Gary’s memory was a staggering £2,212.
This is an incredible total to have raised, and is a fitting tribute to Gary’s memory and we would just like to thank Emma, Katie, all of their colleagues, and Gary’s family and friends for their unwavering support and generosity to help us beat the battle against blood cancers, and their sizeable donation will go a long way to ensure that we do just that.