A DAREDEVIL dad reached new heights as he coined in cash for charity as part of a fundraising drive which has been inspired by a brave Paisley woman.
Kenny Howcutt, 45, took the plunge as he tackled a sponsored skydive in support of the Beatson Pebble Appeal.
And, while it took plenty of guts for Kenny to agree to the parachute jump, his courage is dwarved by the bravery shown by Morvern McDonald, below, since she learned in March last year that she was suffering from ovarian cancer.
The 24-year-old Paisley woman has since undergone surgery and chemotherapy and the good news is that she is making a fine recovery.
To show their support, regulars and staff at one of Morvern’s favourite pubs – Tannahills, in Neilston Road, Paisley – have been raising money for the Beatson Pebble Appeal, which will be used to fund cancer treatment and research.
Thanks to Kenny’s skydive and a charity fun night which was staged at Tannahills, a grand total of £2,000 has been raised.
Bar worker Victoria Ross, 29, who is Kenny’s daughter and organised the charity night, told the Paisley Daily Express: “Morvern is a customer at Tannahills and her friends also come here, so I decided I wanted to raise some money because I knew what she had been through.
“We staged a fun night, which included raffles and karaoke, and a lot of customers gave large donations. One lady gave £100 because her own son had died from cancer. Our friends at Jack’s Mini Market, which is near the pub, even provided a free buffet.
“It was a great night and the pub was even busier than it was at Christmas and New Year. I’d say there were more than 100 people there and a lot of our regulars showed their support.”
Bucket collections and the sale of Pebble Appeal T-shirts and badges were held in the bar in the fortnight leading up to the fundraiser.
Morvern, from the Falside area of Paisley, is grateful for the treatment she has received at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, in Glasgow, and has helped to raised more than £26,000 for the Pebble Appeal so far.
Her dad Alasdair and friends staged a sponsored climb at Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, while other supporters tackled last year’s Paisley 10K race.
Numerous friends and family have weighed in with generous donations and more cash has poured in through a car boot sale and a bake sale at Morvern’s old school, Gleniffer High.
Morvern is full of praise for Victoria and the rest of the gang at Tannahills for supporting the Pebble Appeal, which aims to raise £10million to build a world-class cancer research centre in Glasgow.
She said: “It is absolutely fantastic that they have taken it upon themselves to raise such a great amount for such a great cause.
“I usually go to Tannahills with my friends to do the pub quiz and that’s why they decided to raise money. Everybody is affected by cancer in some way and people at the pub have been telling me their stories.
“They deserve a lot of praise for their fundraising efforts.”
Victoria would like to thank all of the Tannahills staff and customers who bought raffle tickets, T-shirts and badges. She is also grateful for support from The Abbey Inn; Abbey Mill Gym; Farmers Garage; Debbie’s Occasional Cakes; Ian Stewart’s Hairdressers; The Stand Comedy Club; Ann Summers; Bedlam Paintball; Rangers FC; St Mirren FC; Shimla Cottage; Jack’s Mini Market; and The Cross Stobs pub.
You can donate to Morvern’s fundraising effort online at www.justgiving.com/morvern4 thebeatson