Glider auction is a soaraway success

Andrew Williams with his father Colin.
Andrew Williams with his father Colin.

An Ellon paraglider has seen cash soar from an online charity auction.

Andrew Williams - whose father has Parkinson’s - raised £2250 by auctioning a new glider on eBay.

Andrew won the prize at the Ozone Chabre Open paragliding competition in France during the summer.

The pilot immediately announced that he would be auctioning the glider in aid of Parkinson’s research.

His father, Colin, was diagnosed with the condition two years ago.

Andrew, who thanked all those who had put in a bid, said: “I was so lucky to win the prize and when I announced that I would be auctioning it for Parkinson’s research I was surprised at how well it was received.

“It turned out that the lives of other competitiors at the event had been closely affected by Parkinson’s.”

Katherine Crawford, Scotland director of Parkinson’s UK, said: “Fundraising by auctioning a glider is an unusual first for Parkinson’s UK and I’m delighted and grateful for Andrew’s generosity.

“The funds raised by Andrew will allow Parkinson’s UK to continue with its vital research work to find a cure.”

Bids in the internet auction closed last Thursday afternoon and the winning one is being donated to Parkinson’s UK.