A HEALTH care assistant at Torbay Hospital is doing a skydive to raise awareness of a disorder affecting her niece.
Harriett Thomas, 20, from Torquay, hopes to raise lots of money for her niece, Emma, and her fight with cystic fibrosis.
Emma was born with this condition and has lived with it for two years.
The genetic condition affects the lungs and digestive system, clogging them up with thick, sticky mucus, making it hard to breathe.
The money Harriett raises will go towards medical equipment that will help Emma keep her lungs clear of the mucus which can cause chest infections resulting in irreparable lung damage.
Harriett said: “Emma is a strong fighter and nothing fazes her. She is a true inspiration. She is always happy and no doubt will keep smiling.
“I have a Facebook page at facebook.com/HarriettsSkyDive for anyone who wishes to sponsor me to do that little more in giving my niece the best and healthiest life she can have.”
The skydive will take place on November 9 at Dunkeswell Airfield near Honiton.
Louise Banks, charity co-ordinator at Skydive UK, said: “We’re thrilled to be helping Harriett with her fundraising event by throwing her out of the jump plane from 15,000ft. Harriett will reach speeds of 120 miles per hour and will fall for a lengthy one minute as her exit height is so far from the ground.”