NURSING student Charlotte Newcombe is planning a sky-dive to raise awareness about a rare form of cancer that her dad has been diagnosed with.
Charlotte, from Olton, said that her father, Robert, had been diagnosed with Mesothelioma in April this year.
The cancer, which affects the lining of the heart and lungs, is usually caused by exposure to asbestos fibres.
Robert, aged 59, who works in the building trade, is thought to have been exposed to the substance some 30-years ago.
Now Charlotte, who is studying at Birmingham University, is keen to raise awareness about the cancer and dangers of asbestos.
“I’ve never done anything like a sky-dive before, but I thought that choosing something outrageous would be the best way to attract people’s attention,” said the 20-year-old.
“As the cancer can take 20 to 40 years to become apparent, many people do not know they have it.”
The student will be doing the sky-dive in Peterborough at some point in October - she’s hoping to raise £500 for Mesothelioma UK.
“I know raising this money will not help my dad but it will help the charity to help other sufferers in the future,” she said.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma include shortness of breath, chest pains and weight loss.
If you’d like to know more, go to www.mesothelioma.uk.com.