Brave skydive girl Chloe Britton plans leap on birthday in mum's memory
A TEENAGER who wants to do a skydive in memory of her mother has never been on a plane.
Chloe Britton, of Cromford Road, Chaddesden, plans to make the jump to mark her 18th birthday in April.
Her mother, Carol Dukes, survived breast cancer in 2005 but in 2008 found she had liver cancer and died just three weeks after her diagnosis at the age of 42.
Chloe said: "I'm doing it in her memory and I know when I'm up there she'll be with me.
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"I've never actually been on a plane so I'm feeling quite nervous but I suppose, looking on the bright side, if I don't like being on a plane I'll just be jumping off it in the end anyway!
"I'm so terrified but really excited at the same time. I think my family are quite scared for me too!"
Chloe is taking the leap with a friend she met at school, Leah Houldsworth.
The pair have already raised nearly £300 of the £800 they need to take part in the skydive but hope to raise much more.
The money will go to the Association for International Cancer Research and the girls have been working hard finding sponsors and doing street collections to raise the funds.
Chloe said she chose the charity as she appreciated its emphasis on research.
She said: "My brother is studying chemistry at university, which is another reason, aside from my mum's battle with cancer, that I chose them.
"The funds will go towards research into the causes of cancer. It's the sort of charity my brother could help in the future and they focus on finding a cause, which I think is really worthwhile."
To donate to the girls' fund visit www.justgiving.com/chloe-and-leah-charity-sky dive. They are doing a street collection in Derby city centre, near Osnabruck Square, on March 23.