Montrose pensioner to sky dive in aid of town’s day care centre

Denis Mellor who will be sky diving for Montrose Day Care Centre's new build.
Denis Mellor who will be sky diving for Montrose Day Care Centre's new build.

A brave Montrose pensioner who has terminal cancer will be skydiving to raise money for a cause which is close to his heart.

Two months ago Denis Mellor (83) was told a lump on his eye was a form of melanoma, and that it had spread to other parts his body.

Doctors have only given him a few months to live.

Denis has always dreamed of jumping out of an aeroplane, but the medication, Warfarin, which he was on stopped him from doing so, but now, with the help of his granddaughter, Michelle Quinn (31), he will be doing just that on Sunday, August 17.

Denis will be taking to the skies above Errol Airfield, in Perthshire to raise money for the Montrose Day Care Centre, the facility he turned to following a period of difficulty with his family in 2010.

He said: “I wanted to do the skydive a couple of years ago but was told I couldn’t because of the medication I was on.

“The doctor has recently taken me off some medication, including Warfarin, and when gave me the list of what he’d taken me off I gave him the skydiving form and said ‘Can you sign this form for me then so I can go skydiving?’”

Denis added: “I am really looking forward to the skydive. I have no nerves.”

Montrose Day Care Centre is currently in Panmure Place but is relocating to a new purpose built facility on the site of the former ambulance station in Warrack Terrace.

A legacy donation by the Adam family will fund most of the new centre but a shortfall must be met by fund-raising. The facility will be called the Adam Centre after the family.

Dennis has been attending the centre three times a week for around four years and earlier in the year he donated £1,000 towards the new build.

He said: “The management and staff are excellent. I’ve had some personal problems and they have stood by me, helped and supported me.

“Time is running out for me. I want to give back to for what they’ve given me.

“It’s an important, invaluable service and I want it to continue so that others can benefit from it the way I have.

“I enjoy the company and I’ve made friends at the day care. There’s outings, games, entertainment, talks - we’ve even had belly dancers!

Irene Mitchell, manager of Montrose Day Care Centre, said: “I think it is amazing what Denis is doing, given the circumstances.

“It is good to know that he has appreciated the service he has got from the day care centre.”

Denis is originally from the Wirral, Merseyside.

A driver and mechanic in the Royal Air Force, Denis was stationed in Inverbervie in 1953 where me met his late wife Maureen; the couple married in 1954.

Having lived in Brechin since 1988, Denis Moved into sheltered housing in Montrose in 2012.

Sponsor forms for Denis’ sky dive are available from Montrose Day Care in Panmure Place. Pledges can be placed in person or can be made over the phone by calling 01674 672062.