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Marketing student inspired by hospice to complete 100ft abseil

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 16:19:00 BST
Morven will take part in the event with others from the Highland Hospice
Morven will take part in the event with others from the Highland Hospice

A GCU student is taking the leap into raising money for a cause close to her heart this September. 

Fourth year International Marketing student, Morven Glasgow will take part in the Kessock Bridge Abseil, in aid of the Highland Hospice - who she recently secured a graduate job with. 

Morven, who’s from Inverness, explained more about her personal link to the charity. She said: “Highland Hospice do so much for so many people, almost everyone in my local area has been touched by this charity. They cover everything from palliative care to end of life care and they also support the families and any young people who are going through the bereavement along the way.  

On top of this, they provide day therapies and lots of enjoyable activities to people who are facing life-shortening illnesses. It’s a really positive place that turns difficult situations into a place where people can form happy memories.” 

Morven added: “They also actually have their own Strictly Come Dancing event, which is a real big deal. My dad previously took part in it, so my family has that history of raising money for them. 

I was delighted to get the opportunity to work with them because I’ve always had an interest in working within the third sector.  I feel like I’ve landed on my feet here, as it allows me to do what I enjoy and use my skills that I’ve learnt at GCU at the start of my career.”  

The pandemic has impacted massively on fundraising and Morven admits that it was an easy decision to get involved in the upcoming event to help get the hospice back on track. 

She explained: “It was my first week working here and I was helping to promote itI knew I would love to do something because the hospice has made such a big impact on me in such a short time.  

I just thought that after everything that’s gone on with Covid, I should try and make the most of life and having that chance to do fun things again. I’m terrified of heights but it’s all in aid of an amazing cause and I may as well challenge and push myself – because life’s too short. 

The 100ft free-air abseil takes place on the 3rd and 4th of September, with Morven already having raised £175. She’s keen to encourage other students to get involved in raising money for charitable causes alongside their studies. 

Morven said: “The difference you can make little by little is incredible. Students are working towards a degree to better their own life but it’s equally important to do something for the community to lift each other and support everyone.  

We should always remember that there are people out there that need you and that you’re in a position to really make a difference. It’s easy to think that you’re just a student but there’s a definite role there to try and make the world a better place.” 
 

Feeling inspired? You can donate to Morven’s fundraising page here 

 
By Ross Clark  
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