Brechin City footballer Ewan McNeil marked his 21st birthday with a skydive in aid
of the British Heart
The defender, from Paisley, was surprised with the skydive by his girlfriend and he knew immediately he wanted to do it to help raise vital funds for the BHF.
Ewan’s mum suffered a heart attack in April 2007 and due to health complications, she sadly later died in September 2011.
He said: “My mother’s death was so devastating for the whole family and the last few years have been extremely tough. But you have to carry on – you can’t sit around and not live your life, it’s not what my mum would have wanted.
“I was so excited when my girlfriend surprised me with a skydive and I spent three months fundraising and speaking with people about the work of BHF, and so far I have raised over £3000!
‘‘ It just shows how many people my mum touched and how much they want to support the BHF’s amazing work.
“The jump itself was incredible, indescribable. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. Although such a tragedy, my mum’s death has changed me as a person – for the better. It’s taught me that you never know what is just around the corner and you have to make the most of every opportunity you get. I’m a more positive person now and I hope to do other events in the future to raise even more money to fight heart disease.”
The money raised by Heart Flyers helps fund essential research which could create a better future for so many.
This year, the BHF wants to raise further funds to help eradicate this deadly disease.
Events project manager, Beck Bayram at the BHF, said: “Skydiving is a fantastic way to do something unforgettable to raise essential funds to help the BHF continue its life saving research. We are so grateful to Ewan for taking on this challenge and raising such an incredible amount of money.
“The support he received in the lead up to his jump was absolutely wonderful.
‘‘As a charity we rely on the funds raised through events like skydiving to continue our research, we are fighting for everybody who suffers with a heart problem – from babies born with heart defects, to the millions of adults affected by heart disease.”
For more information about becoming a Heart Flyer, visit bhf.org.uk/heartflyers