A WIRRAL student conquered her fear of heights for a skydive that has raised more than £3,000 for cancer research in memory of her dad.

Steph Henderson, from Bebington, completed the 15,000 feet challenge after pledging to undergo a series of fundraising activities for North West Cancer Research.

It was the 19-year-old's way of showing support for father Andy, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer in January.

Sadly, the disease was too far advanced for treatment to be effective and he died four days after his 50th birthday.

The dive itself has raised more £3,000 and this figure has been added to with a little help from her family and friends who have completed their own fundraising challenges to aid her cause.

Friends of brother Jack were sponsored to go a whole month without make-up and their barefaced efforts secured over £600 in sponsorship, while Wirral Grammar school for girls contributed £150 with a cake sale and raffle.

Staff and children at Pulford Playgroup in Bebington have also showed their support, raising more than £400 from an Easter raffle and ‘Big Toddle’ sponsored walk.

Their activities have helped Steph, who has just completed her first year of studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, raise over £4,500 for NWCR.

She now plans to hold a celebrity-endorsed charity auction in a bid to raise even more money.

The event, due to take place in early-mid September, includes signed items donated by Bastille, comedian Ricky Gervais and former Liverpool footballer Jamie Carragher, with all proceeds supporting the vital work done by NWCR.

Steph said: "The support I've had so far has been amazing.

"Thank you to everyone who has donated so far and thank you to my friends and family who have contributed to the money raised with their own fundraisers.

"Anyone who knows somebody who is suffering or has suffered from cancer knows what a horrible feeling it is not being able to do anything to help.

"I am well and truly blown away by the generosity and support of everyone. I never expected to raise anywhere near this much but I am so grateful to the donations which have meant I can help the charity and its fight against cancer."

Following her upcoming auction, Steph hopes to dive with sharks and host a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses to raise even more money.

Those wishing to support Steph’s extraordinary challenge can still do so via her fundraising page online at: www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=stephhendersonx