David Cameron honours Scots charity fundraiser

Derek McEwan (centre) with pals Gary Conway (left) and Ross Watson. Picture: PA
Derek McEwan (centre) with pals Gary Conway (left) and Ross Watson. Picture: PA
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A BUNGEE-jumping charity fundraiser has been honoured by the prime minister for his campaigning.

Derek McEwan has raised more than £500,000 to tackle inflammatory bowel disease since his mother died of Crohn’s Disease 11 years ago.

The 39-year-old, from Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, has organised a “Santa bungee jump” for the last few years and hopes 60 people will join him this weekend in the challenge.

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David Cameron has recognised Mr McEwan’s work with a Point of Light award, set up to recognise outstanding individual volunteers.

The Prime Minister said: “Derek has taken an innovative festive approach to fundraising which has inspired others to get out of their comfort zone and raise money for a very worthy cause.

“I wish everyone taking part in 2014’s Santa Bungee Jump the very best of luck and a very Merry Christmas. I’m delighted to name Derek the UK’s 165th Point of Light.”

The bungee jump this year from a 300ft crane near Braehead shopping centre will raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK and the Yorkhill Children’s Charity through the Catherine McEwan Fund.

The group hopes to raise £20,000 with the challenge, having raised £15,000 when 30 people dressed as Santa took part last year.

Mr McEwan said: “I am extremely honoured to have been named a Point of Light by our Prime Minister, David Cameron.

“Myself and other volunteers at the Catherine McEwan Foundation don’t work to receive awards but it is fantastic to be recognised. I’m sure my mum is looking down feeling very proud.”

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