Openreach Fundraisers Brave Bungee Jump to Support Colleague Battling Multiple Sclerosis

In a display of unwavering solidarity and courage, nine dedicated fundraisers from Openreach recently took a thrilling bungee jump off a bridge in Killiecrankie, Perthshire. This adrenaline-pumping feat was undertaken to raise funds for their colleague Alana Marshall, who is fighting a battle against Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Alana Marshall, a mother and semi-professional footballer with Edinburgh Spartans, received her diagnosis of Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) in November 2021. RRMS is characterized by recurrent episodes where symptoms worsen, followed by periods of recovery. Determined to enhance her quality of life, Alana has set a fundraising goal of £50,000 to undergo stem cell therapy in Mexico. This specialized treatment focuses on rebuilding stem cells and strengthening the immune system, a crucial factor for individuals with MS, as the condition can erode the immune system.

To support Alana’s quest for better health and the required funds, colleagues from Openreach hailing from various places, including Dundee, Carnoustie, Cupar, Newport, and Perth, took the daring plunge at Highland Fling, located near the historic site of the Battle of Killiecrankie. The brave jumpers, Liam Connor (Dundee), Emily Watt (Cupar), Colin Johnstone (Carnoustie), Sarah Hill (Newport), Gavin Gibson (Perth), Kieran Beardsall (Tayport), Liam Hannah (Perth), Ross Farquhar (Edinburgh), and Hayley Goldthorpe (Peebles), embarked on a 50-MPH free fall leap over the River Garry.

Emily Watt, an engineer from Cupar and the organizer of the Openreach fundraiser, commended the team’s courage, saying, “Falling 40 meters into a gorge is not for the faint-hearted! Before the jump, we were all feeling a mix of nerves and excitement, but after it was brilliant – I would go up there and do it again, 100%. We’re determined to raise as much money as we can for the vital treatment Alana needs. She’s a real fighter and an inspiration for us all. It will make a huge difference if we can help her get on her way to Mexico – and we’re incredibly grateful for any donations people are able to make.”

Despite their recent adrenaline-filled adventure, the team remains committed to supporting Alana’s cause. They are already exploring future daring fundraisers, including shark dives and skydives, with the goal of raising additional funds for Alana’s treatment.

The bungee jump event has raised nearly £2,300 thus far, contributing to a total of around £15,000 raised by Alana’s family and friends. However, there is still a long way to go to meet the £50,000 target. Donations can be made at the GoFundMe page.

Jonny Rae

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