09 Jan 2018
A dynamic duo from Glasgow are taking on a series of extreme challenges to raise funds for specialist charity Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland.
Despite both being afraid of heights, Kenny Irving (43), whose sister has hydrocephalus, and his partner Graham Cole (51) leapt from a platform suspended 150ft in the air, before zip-lining across the River Clyde. The pair were part of a team of more than 100 fundraisers, who took part in the “Glide the Clyde” event which raised more than £12,000 for the charity.
After getting a buzz from the adrenalin fuelled challenge, Graham has now signed himself up to take part in a skydive being organised by SBH Scotland in June 2018. All proceeds raised from the fundraising event will be used to provide support to those affected by the complex and lifelong conditions of spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.
Graham said; “Both myself and Kenny are terrified of heights, so the zip-line challenge was not easy sailing for us. I am also scared of water, which made the task that much harder.
“However, the knowledge that we were helping to raise funds for such an important organisation gave us the courage to face our fears. While it was tough, I know the zip-line will be nothing compared to the skydive challenge which I am doing next year.”
The pair were driven to raise funds for SBH Scotland as Kenny’s sister Elizabeth (45) has hydrocephalus, a condition which occurs from the build-up of fluid on the brain. Graham, who is a professional singer, also runs a weekly karaoke session for adults with special needs in the Harmony Bar, Govan, and a handful of regular performers also have the condition.
Graham continued; “I was originally planning on doing a skydive for my 55th birthday, but after hearing that SBH Scotland was organising their own I was motivated to get involved.
“I know first-hand some challenges which people with hydrocephalus face. If jumping out of a plane from 10,000 feet, means I can raise money to support those who need it most, I am happy to do so.
“I have set myself a target of £5,000 and will be hosting number of karaoke nights at bars and venues across Glasgow to raise funds.”
Deborah Roe, fundraising director at SBH Scotland, said; “It is always inspiring to see individuals overcome their biggest fears in order to support others and we are grateful to both Kenny and Graham for their efforts.
“The skydiving event is a first for our organisation and is one of many exciting fundraising activities we have planned including a spectacular trek to Machu Picchu in Peru in November 2018. We are hoping to see many brave fundraisers signing up for these truly amazing experiences.”
SBH Scotland’s Errol Skydive takes place on Sunday 24 June 2018.