A BEBINGTON biology student hopes to face her fear of heights head on when she takes on a charity skydive in aid of the cancer charity that is treating her father.
Eighteen-year-old Steph Henderson – who is in her first year at Manchester Metropolitan University – plans to spend her year raising money for North West Cancer Research, culminating in a 10,000ft tandem skydive at the end of the summer.
Steph, whose dad, 49-year-old Andy, was diagnosed with cancer in January, wants to give something back to the charity and the hospital she feels has helped him.
“I’m currently living away at university and it’s hard to support my dad and let him know I’m there for him when I’m living away, which is why I started my fundraising.
“I’ve decided to spend the next 12 months at least raising money for North West Cancer Research, which has a lot do with Clatterbridge Hospital.
“Even though I’m scared of heights, I wanted to do the skydive because I thought that if I went out of my comfort zone and did something a little different, it would enable me to make as much money as possible.”
Steph told the Globe she also hopes to take part in the Wirral Coastal Walk and Race For Life, as well as holding cakes sales and raffles.
And it is not just Steph who is taking part, with four of younger brother Jack’s friends being sponsored to go without makeup for a month.
Her 12-year-old brother Tom is also keen to take part.
Steph, who has already raised more than £2,700 of her £3,000 target, added: “I’m hoping I’ll be able to push it up to £5,000 because I want to make as much money as I can for such a good cause.
To sponsor Steph, visit virginmoneygiving.com/stephhendersonx