Nurse's leap of faith for charity

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A NURSE who is terrified of flying is preparing to jump out of a plane.

Kirsty Douthwaite, aged 27, is planning to do a charity skydive and hopes to raise £400 for Cystic Fibrosis, a condition which affects one of her relatives.

Her cousin’s son, Grant Burns, aged 16, from Widnes, a student at Cronton Sixth Form College, suffers from this disease.

It affects the internal organs, particularly the lungs and digestive system, clogging them with thick sticky mucus, making it difficult to breathe and eat.

Kirsty, who lives with her parents, June and Frank in Ashbrook Avenue, Runcorn, said: “I am scared of flying. When I fly on holiday I have to take calming pills. I want to do this as a challenge.

“My cousin has to go to Alder Hey Hospital quite a lot but he lives a generally normal life.

“I want to give something back to this charity which has helped him so much.”

Kirsty works in a private hospital in Manchester and plans to do her skydive on April 28.

A former pupil at Aston Primary School in Runcorn and Frodsham High School, she said she was determined to conquer her nerves.

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Kirsty said: “I want to face my fear. I am quite excited.

“I have just resigned myself to the fact that someone will be attached to me and I’ve got no control. They will just push me out of the plane.”

She has already received £350 in pledges.

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