Lucy Francesca Davies
On the 27th August, 3 brave GUCFS Committee members will be taking to the skies to raise money for this year’s partner charity, the Scottish Association for Mental Health. SAMH does amazing work for young people across Scotland, supporting them and challenging everyone to alter the way they see and treat mental health. GUCFS is incredibly proud to have partnered with and have the opportunity to raise money for such a wonderful charity.
The 3 members of GUCFS that will be completing the tandem skydive are Raphaella Gordon-Saker, Nicole Baxter & Jocelyn Gilmour. In the weeks leading up to the big event, GUCFS will be sharing a little bit about each courageous girl.
This week, we spoke to Jocelyn Gilmour, a 22 year old Virology student in her 4th year at the University of Glasgow. She’s been involved with the show since it’s inauguration in 2014, and is this year’s VP (and self-proclaimed long standing MVP).
What are your reasons for volunteering for the skydive?
During the initial meetings with SAMH, they mentioned the idea of the skydive to myself and Autumn (this year’s fabulous President). We both turned the offer down and said we’d instead ask the other members of the committee, because jumping out a plane is a daunting idea to say the least.
At the end of April this year, one of my classmates who had Schizophrenia very sadly committed suicide. In the wake of this, jumping out of a plane suddenly didn’t seem that big of a deal. And having the opportunity to do it to fundraise for a charity whose work is invaluable in the fight against the stigma around mental health? I couldn’t turn it down.
Are you nervous for the big jump?
I’m not nervous because I’ve been refusing to think about it. That said, I need to start thinking about the fundraising a little more as I’d like to raise as much for SAMH as possible.
What do you think the most exciting part of the jump will be?
Well I’m most anxious about the actual jump out of the plane. I’ve watched I’m a Celeb enough to know that it doesn’t look appealing. I think once we’re freefalling, I’ll be fine. I hope. I just probably won’t open my eyes.
The feeling after we land will be something special I think. I’m excited for that too.
What do you hope the result of this year’s GUCFS partnership with SAMH will be?
Last year we donated £10,00 to Teenage Cancer Trust and ran numerous online campaigns to inform people of the signs of cancer in teenagers. Each year, GUCFS has committed fully to their partner charity, and this year it is so important for us to try and break down the stigma surrounding mental health and get people talking. Our aims and hopes for the future of mental health, especially with relation to GUCFS’ origins, at University age align absolutely. Statistically, the suicide rate of students is at its highest since 2007- it is so important to raise awareness on campuses all over the UK and address this issue. I hope that GUCFS and SAMH working together can do this across Glasgow. SAMH are making incredible moves to open up these conversations and I really hope this is something we facilitate, encourage and promote.
What, if not heights, are you most afraid of?
Ironically, I'm terrified of heights. I can't go to Go Ape or anything like it. Also, spiders. They're gross.
To learn more about the wonderful work that SAMH does, go to https://www.samh.org.uk/