Killiecrankie Bungee jump National Trust for Scotland Statement
The National Trust for Scotland is pleased to be working with Highland Fling Ltd to provide the brand new experience of bungee jumping at Killiecrankie because of the benefits this innovative partnership can bring, both to the site and to the local community.
The Killiecrankie bungee jump is expected to become one the highlights of Scotland’s adventure activity market. The area being used for bungee jumping is not part of the Site of Special Scientific Interest or part of the property connected to the Battle of Killiecrankie, By working with Highland Fling Ltd, the Trust can continue to ensure that the Pass of Killiecrankies core Heritage value is protected and that solutions are quickly found to any minor impacts that may occur.
It provides a great chance for the Trust to be involved in the growing outdoor activity sector, developing ways to increase awareness of, and respect for, the environment in which both providers and users of this, and other such adventure activities, operate. It provides an opportunity not only for the Trust, which is a charity, to generate funds for its conservation work, but perhaps more importantly for Highland Fling and its clients to make a positive financial contribution to the environment that they are using. We expect that the provision of bungee jumping at Killiecrankie will be an added attraction to bring new markets to Perthshire and support localbusinesses whilst in the area.
Perth and Kinross Council
Perth & Kinross Council Enterprise and Infrastructure Convener, Councillor John Kellas, said:
“I am delighted that the Council has been able to provide financial and practical support to Highland Fling in order to allow the business to start up. ”Tourism is a major driver of the Perth and Kinross economy, and innovative businesses such as Highland Fling will help ensure that visitors continue to come to the area, enjoy their stay and then return again in the future. This is the fist fixed bungee jump business in the UK, and because it is in such a beautiful, picturesque spot I’m sure it will attract people from all over the world. Perth & Kinross Council has been happy to assist Highland Fling and wishes it all the best for the future.”
Scottish Enterprise is Scotland’s main economic development agency and aims to deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy. Our role is to help identify and exploit the best opportunities for economic growth. We support ambitious Scottish companies like Highland Fling to compete within the global marketplace and help build Scotland’s globally competitive sectors. We also work with a range of partners in the public and private sectors to attract new investment to Scotland and to help create a world-class business environment. This innovative project will further emphasise Perthshire as a key destination for both domestic and international tourists.
Business Gateway Tayside
John McQueston, Business Gateway Adviser, Business Gateway said: “Highland Fling is proving to be a very popular company that has caught the imagination of the public. John approached us and since then has taken advantage of our one-to-one advice service.
“We have assisted John with details of funding sources both public and private. Going forward we will also provide assistance with marketing, website development and strategy.We look forward to continuing our work with Highland Fling and hope to assist the business as it expands and develops.”
Business Gateway provides practical help, advice and support for new and growing businesses in Scotland. To find out more about how it can help you set up and develop your own business visit www.bgateway.com or call 0845 609 6611.
Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)
Highland Fling Bungee is teaming up with official charity partner, CHAS, for a special charity jump day in May. Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.
CHAS Fundraiser Alison Rennie said: “Our fundraisers get up to all sorts of wonderful activities to raise money for CHAS and the new Killiecrankie bungee jump will be a fantastic challenge for someone who wants a daredevil way to raise funds. Every CHAS fundraiser who takes the plunge at the Garry Bridge will be fundraising with a difference knowing that their jump is helping us raise over £6 million needed every year to provide vital hospice services. We’re delighted to be involved with Highland Fling for this very exciting fundraising experience.”
Currently supporting over 250 families a year, as well as a significant number of families who receive bereavement support, CHAS runs two children’s hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch as well as a home care service called CHAS at Home.
The charity supports the whole family by offering short planned breaks, emergency support, end of life care and a range of bereavement services, both in the two hospices and in their own homes when families need it most.
For further information about CHAS visit www.chas.org.uk
Gravity Gives Project
The Gravity Gives Project is all about bringing together extreme sports (skydiving and bungee jumping) for the first time to support Save the Children.
Gravity Gives Project wants to champion the victories that Save the Children has worked so hard for and to give them a shot of adrenaline to keep up the effort to make the future of our children full of promise and hope.
Skydivers and bungee jumpers will collect pledge money online for Save the Children and on April 28th and 29th 2012, celebrate their sport. There will be individual and team jumps, demonstration jumps and who knows, maybe even a few world record jumps. It will be an adrenaline party unlike anything the charity world has ever seen.
Register online through the Gravity Gives Project website and spread the word out to everyone that you are going to “jump to Save the Children”.