Welwyn Garden City teen’s skydive in dad’s memory
AFTER fighting a brain tumour for 16 months, Steve Cook lost his brave battle against cancer aged 51 earlier this year.
Now his daughter, Emma is on a mission to raise as much cash as possible for the Isabel Hospice in memory of her “wonderful, one in a million” dad.
To do this, however, the 17-year-old will be taking on a challenge which isn’t exactly ideal for someone scared of heights – she’ll be jumping out of a plane at 13,000ft.
The WGC teen said she will be taking inspiration from her dad in order to do the tandem skydive in July next year.
“My dad was incredibly brave, and the way he fought through the illness was such an inspiration.
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“He put on a brave face and battled through a series of radiotherapy and chemotherapy,” Emma said. “He was a very special man, in fact he was one in a million. Not only was he my dad, he was also my best friend.
“I know that his memory will live on in many people’s hearts forever. So I’m going to do this skydive to make my dad proud and also to raise as much money as I can to support the hospice.”
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Steve spent 13 days at the hospice and Emma said they not only provided free care for him, but also support for herself and for mum Lynn and sister Laura during the terrible time, so she is determined to raise as much as possible.
So far within the first few weeks she has raised �395 and her aim is to get at least �1,500.
The Sir Frederic Osborn pupil added: “Everyone thinks I’m crazy for doing the dive, but I just really want to get it done now. It was either that or bungee jumping.
“I’ve always wanted to do it despite being scared of heights.
“The dive will also give me more UCAS points to go to university, as it counts as an activity for the Extended Project Qualification.”