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Real leap of faith

AIMING for the skies - that’s a Solihull swimming teacher who is set to undertake a tandem sky dive in memory of her father.

AIMING for the skies - that’s a Solihull swimming teacher who is set to undertake a tandem sky dive in memory of her father.

Katy Smirthwaite from Shirley will step out of her comfort zone on May 20 when she is strapped to an instructor with the aim of raising funds for Kidney Research UK.

The 27-year-old said: “My dad sadly passed away aged just 54 at the beginning of March.

“He had had diabetes for quite a number of years and from that he was blind, an amputee and had kidney failure which meant he had to attend Solihull Hospital three days a week to have kidney dialysis. When the opportunity came up to do a tandem sky dive, I decided to raise money for Kidney Research UK, so they can provide research to help other families with the disease.”

Katy, who lives in Olton Road with mum Elaine and brother Andrew who is 19, is hoping to add to her total so far of more than £200.

“ There is collection bucket at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre where I work and I have a tribute page at www.kidneyresearchuktributes.org/williamsmirthwaiteTributeFund.”

 

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