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Skydiver's challenge for hospice.

Byline: JUDITH TONNER

A daredevil Airdrie woman will be reaching for the skies tomorrow as she raises funds for St Andrew's Hospice - by taking on an extraspecial skydive in Dubai.

Bianca Majewska is hoping to raise PS1000 for her chosen charity by taking on the challenge of a tandem skydive from 13,000 feet above the city's iconic Palm Jumeirah.

She is fulfilling a long-held ambition by taking on the adventurous challenge, in one of her favourite locations; and decided to turn the holiday adventure into a fundraiser benefiting the work of the Airdrie charity, who have previously looked after some of those close to her.

Bianca told the Advertiser: "It's always been my dream to do a skydive. I love adventures and travelling - Dubai is an amazing place which I've been lucky to visit a few times, and it feels like a fantastic place to do this challenge.

"Dubai is a beautiful part of the world and there will be a stunning view when jumping out of the plane - it will be right down over the Palm so it will be really amazing."

Bianca is scheduled to complete her skydive in Dubai tomorrow, and added: "One of the things you can hopefully guarantee most by doing it there is the weather.

"I've had friends who've done skydives in Scotland who had to reschedule because of bad weather, but the conditions should be OK over there!" The Gartlea resident's fundraising was partly inspired by her job as a support worker with North Lanarkshire Council.

She said: "I decided to do the skydive for St Andrew's Hospice as it's a great local charity; and some of our service users have passed away there.

"I thought it would be great to do something for the hospice and to help them with their great work."

She has so far raised more than PS500 via her online donations page, and has also collected a further PS200 for the good cause thanks to supporters at Drumpellier golf club, where her proud partner Garry Spiers is a past captain.

Club members dug deep in an auction for vouchers donated by Monklands restaurants Il Capo and Mondo; and now Bianca is hoping that her final fundraising sum wil reach four figures.

Bianca said: "I'm really grateful for everyone's support, which has been brilliant.

"Lots of people around Airdrie know that I'm doing this and have been supporting me and wishing me luck, and the hospice have been in touch to wish me all the best.

"It's been fantastic and I'm really excited about it - this is something I've never done before and it will be a great experience.

"All the money that's raised is going straight to the hospice; I'm paying for the skydive, which I decided to do while there on holiday, and then thought that if doing it could also help the hospice, that would be really fantastic.

"I'm hoping it will be an amazing experience and that I can raise as much money as possible for St Andrew's Hospice."

The Airdrie adventurer's donations page can be found at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bianca-majewska.

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Publication:Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser (Lanarkshire, Scotland)
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Date:May 8, 2019
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