Blanefield’s Lauren in charity sky dive

Lauren skydive
Lauren skydive

A FEARLESS young woman has raised over £1,500 for charity by doing a 10,000ft tandem skydive.

Lauren Barclay (27) from Blanefield, who used to be a sales assistant in the former Pillarbox Red gift shop in Hillfoot, Bearsden, took part in the daring jump at Strathallan airfield to raise cash for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.

But she had an agonising nine-hour wait as the weather was too windy to jump. It took about 15 minutes to reach 10,000ft in the plane and there was no door so Lauren could see how high up she was.

She did a freefall to 5,000ft travelling at over 120mph, which lasted about 30 seconds and then her parachute opened.

Lauren said: “I am terrible with heights so I thought a skydive would be a great way to raise lots of money for charity - everyone was so amazed that I was actually going to do it and they were very generous with their donations.

“I was so nervous before the jump, my stomach was in knots and when they finally called my name I started shaking so much.

“Positioning myself at the edge of the plane, I leaned forward and then tumbled out, it was very scary but so exciting as it all happened so quickly - I even managed to keep my eyes open.

“It was so fantastic, the views were magnificent.”

Lauren is delighted to have raised so much money for the MS Society, as she thinks it is a great cause.

She added: “Scotland has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world. The MS Society’s aim is to enable everyone affected by MS to live life to their full potential, and to secure the care and support they need, until a cure is found.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has sponsored me.”

Lauren is still collecting donations at www.justgiving.com/lauren-barclay The MS Society freephone helpline is 0808 800 8000.