Claire’s challenge continues

Claire Flemming at the Balmoral run.
Claire Flemming at the Balmoral run.

A 10,000ft freefall parachute jump, a vintage afternoon tea and a half marathon are all on the cards for Banchory mum Claire Fleming in the next few weeks,

Claire will be preparing to mark the half way point of a year-long fundraising challenge - and she’s determined to hit £10k point in her fundraising.

Claire, who lost her brother Christopher to cancer when he was just 14 back in 1996, decided to mark the 20th anniversary of his death by undertaking Christopher’s CLAN Challenge.

All the money raised is going to local charity CLAN, specifically to help teenagers and their families affected by cancer here in NE Scotland.

“Support so far has been amazing, from family, friends, local businesses and complete strangers since I began this challenge back in March,” said Claire.

“I was shown up by my fabulous dad, who at 66, was clearly much fitter than me when we completed the Kiltwalk the back in June.

“My colleagues too have really embraced the challenge, and despite having to face their own fears, my colleague Sonja McCallum from Return To Scene Ltd, and former colleague Sara Smith will be joining me as I jump from plane on September 3.

“I’m actually excited about the parachute jump, and what could be better than an afternoon of fizz and cake at my vintage afternoon tea?

“It’s the half marathon that is scaring me the most at the moment!

Teenagers make up approximately 35% of the current caseload for CLAN’s Children and Family Services team.

Support is being provided to teenagers that are currently battling cancer, dealing with the impact of a relative suffering from cancer, or facing bereavement.

Claire added: “CLAN provides incredible support for all age groups, and the work of its CFS team with teenagers is phenomenal, from counselling and therapies and group activities, to work in schools and the community.

“Twenty years ago, when Christopher was fighting this disease and as our parents, his twin Steven and I, watched as he undertook brutal treatments and ultimately lost his battle, services like CLAN’s weren’t so readily available.

“Looking back, I believe that they would have made a real difference to us all as a family, and beyond, for our school friends too – for whom Christopher’s illness was their first experience of cancer, and of loss.”