Kelburne Skydivers rub shoulders with Olympic Legend!!!

You may remember that on 23rd July 2011, four Kelburne representatives risked life and limb in a 10,000 feet tandem skydive to raise funds for the clubhouse refurbishment fund.

The skydive was the brainchild of Jen Owen, captain of the Ladies 3rd XI hockey team. Jen was joined by Martin Pearson (Social member), Clare McKeown (Ladies 3rd XI player) and Kris MacDonald (grandson of Bob Wright, Secretary of the Cricket section).

The day itself: Jen Owen contemplates what lies ahead (left) before taking the plunge (centre).
 Picture on right shows the skydive team in their Friends of the Beatson t-shirts, L-R: Clare McKeown, Jen Owen, Martin Pearson and Kris McDonald

The skydive, and the associated fundraising, was a memorable and rewarding experience for all involved. It took place on the same day as the "Heroes and Villains" themed Summer Party, organised by the cricket WAGs. This gave the skydivers the chance to play up to the "Hero" tag with a Red Arrows inspired entrance across the cricket field!

The team arrived at Kelburne to massive cheers! Martin Pearson (centre) provided the uniforms and the choreography!!!
Pictures courtesy of Raymond Robertson

The efforts of the skydivers, and everyone at Kelburne who supported them, raised over £3,000. However, the clubhouse refurbishment fund was not the only beneficiary of the fundraising. £1,000 of the grand total was donated to Friends of the Beatson, a Glasgow cancer charity. Many members of Kelburne have been affected by cancer in some way, so this was a cause close to many of our hearts. This particular cancer charity was chosen because Briony Coyle, one of the younger members of the Ladies hockey section, lost her father Ronnie to leukemia around the same time as the skydive idea was conceived. Ronnie, a former professional footballer who won the Scottish League Cup with Raith Rovers in 1995, had benefited from the excellent services provided by Friends of the Beatson during his illness. 

In April 2012, Friends of the Beatson thanked the Skydivers by inviting them to their Annual Sporting Dinner. The guest of honour was the double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes, who won gold in Athens 2004 in both the 800m and 1500m. Some Kelburne members were lucky enough to have a quick chat with Dame Kelly during the dinner, where she revealed her support for the Great Britain Olympic hockey squads, and allowed us to hold her medals during this cheeky photo opportunity!

Frances McKeown, Briony Coyle, Dame Kelly Holmes, Clare McKeown and Kerri Nunnery
Do you have what it takes to raise money for YOUR club?
Do you have any ideas for future fundraising events?

You never know - it might just be the experience of a lifetime...

ALL ideas welcome! Contact Jen Owen with your suggestions!!!!!