Two Fife fundraisers and their boss had the experience of their lives when they went diving with sharks to raise money for charity.
Andrew Laurenson (27) of Dunfermline and Abbie Michie (17) of Markinch both work at R Fundraising in Dunfermline. They decided to get up close and personal with the amazing Sand Tiger sharks at Deep Sea World in North Queensferry to raise money for AICR.
R Fundraising's Cheshire-based chief executive Steve Boyd (49) travelled north to join them. On Sunday, October 30, all three headed to the Aquarium with AICR fundraising and events co-ordinator Suzanne Shaw and her colleague Katie Drummond.
With the longest of the sharks, 'Tinkerbell', measuring more than 12 feet long, the trio could have been forgiven for feeling one or two butterflies before they dived in. However no-one was nervous but all were excited as they went through their pre-dive training. Watched by spell-bound spectators, they spent just over half an hour swimming among the seven Sand Tiger, Angel and Tope sharks and 'Stella' the Stingray.
Abbie, who already had had some diving experience said it had been amazing to see the sharks at such close quarters. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and it’s a great opportunity as I’m helping a charity at the same time,” she said.
For Andrew it was simply the greatest experience he'd ever had. “ I would do it again in an instant,” he confessed.
Said Steve: ‘I thought it was great, and to be able to do something that we really enjoyed and raise a lot of money for AICR - the leading charity funding cancer research anywhere in the world - at the same time, made it even better.”
The divers' efforts raised more than £1000!