A YOUNG man with a head for heights is preparing to jump out of a plane at 10,000ft to help raise money for UCAN, the north-east urological cancer charity, and an Aberdeen University research project into bowel disease.
Ryan Christie (27), from New Pitsligo, is taking part in a tandem skydive in August in memory of his uncle who passed away earlier this year after battling with prostate cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.
The money raised at the event will be split evenly between UCAN’s latest fundraising campaign, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the University’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Gastroentology Research Fund.
Ryan, who works as a sales team leader for Score UK Ltd in Peterhead, will ascend to 10,000ft before jumping out of the plane attached to an instructor.
As well as raising money for his chosen charities, Ryan is aiming to raise awareness of prostate cancer and inflammatory bowel disease to help encourage those who may have symptoms to get themselves checked out as early diagnosis can make all the difference.
He said: “I decided to take part in a fundraising event in memory of my uncle, Denis, and I also wanted to use it as an opportunity to help raise awareness of these illnesses. I’ve taken part in a few fundraisers before but nothing quite as adventurous as this! However, it’s all for a very worthy cause.”