Jim sleeps under the stars to raise cash for cancer charity

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A 69-year-old Whiting Bay resident will spend four nights camping out in the elements to raise cash for Ayrshire Cancer Support as part of their fundraising initiative called Extreme Camp Out for Cancer.

Jim Park decided to undertake the challenge starting on Tuesday February 1 until at least Thursday February 4 – his 70th birthday – as a way to raise money for a charity that is close to his heart and also to celebrate his milestone birthday.

As a regular camper, and a trustee of the Arran Community Land Initiative, Jim has set up a permanent canvas tent which is hidden in the forest on the community land in Whiting Bay.


The semi-retired engineer has regularly camped there over the last two years but at this time of the year – in the throes of winter – he has been hauling additional supplies up since Christmas to make his extended outdoor challenge slightly more comfortable.

Among his essential supplies is his self-made stove, made up of a 50-caliber ammunition tin, and a supply of wood which he will use for warmth as well as for cooking all of his meals on.

His bed will be a wooden cot which will keep him off the cold ground and a sleeping bag that is able to deal with winter conditions.

Jim will be joined for an evening by his son, Grant, and his grandson, Logan, who helped to build the structure and who will spend a night under the stars with his granddad.


The fundraising initiative has been supported by friends and family and Jim has received donations of wood and carpet from Tim Wilkinson of County Carpets to help outfit his outdoor accommodation.

The official Ayrshire Cancer Support Camp Out for Cancer event will take place on Saturday February 19 when a number of brave souls will camp out in the middle of Ayr Racecourse to raise money for the charity that provides support for those in Ayrshire who have been affected by cancer.

Jim, however, will be doing his own fundraising challenge on Arran, along with hundreds of others who will be camping out in their own backyards, forests and favourite locations, and then collecting sponsorship donations for the worthwhile cause.

Jim has a fundraising page set up on JustGiving which can be found by searching for James Park on www.justgiving.com where he has already raised more than £500 for Ayrshire Cancer Support.