A brave soon-to-be 18-year-old is preparing for the ultimate thrill-seeking challenge – a 15,000ft jump from a plane.
Kirsty-Lee Topping turns 18 today, and on Saturday she’ll be flying through the skies in celebration.
She hopes the stunt will raise £100 for The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes appeal.
The Blackpool and The Fylde College nursing cadet said: “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do – it’s on my bucket list.
“I think I’ve always been attracted to the thrill and excitement of something like this, and I thought my 18th would be a good time to do it.
“I am really excited about doing it, but as it’s getting nearer I suppose I am a little bit scared.”
Kirsty-Lee, of Grange Park, decided to carry out the jump, taking place at Cockerham, Lancaster, for charity, and said for her Trinity Hospice was the only choice.
“I know the work they do there and they help so many people. It’s a really good cause to support and, obviously, it needs the money” she added.
“I just like helping people, and after this I want to carry on doing things to support charities.”
The money Kirsty-Lee raises will help boost our Hospice Heroes campaign, which is raising money for a massive refurbishment at Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham.
We need to raise £200,000 for the work, which also has £280,000 of funding from the Department of Health.
It will pay for the creation of new single rooms on Trinity’s inpatient unit and a complete refurbishment of the 18-year-old hospice.
At Brian House, the bedrooms are being made brighter and safer, the living area extended and the kitchen more accessible to older patients.
To sponsor Kirsty-Lee, visit www.justgiving.com/Kirsty-lee-Topping.