A WOMAN is set to conquer her fears and take to the skies for a charity skydive in the memory of her grandfather.
Becky Barfield, 20, of Blackthorn Close, Uppingham, is jumping on Saturday next week at Langar in Nottinghamshire, to raise money for The Stroke Association.
Becky decided to take on the challenge for the charity following the death of her grandad, Arthur Stanton, from Medbourne, who died from a stroke two years ago.
She has a fear of heights and admits she is a bit nervous about the jump but is looking forward to raising money for a good cause.
Becky said: “I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m scared of heights so it’s going to be a challenge.
“I’ve been asking quite a few people who have done it before what it is like for their advice but you can’t really prepare for it so I’ll take it as it comes. It’s for a good cause.
“I lost my grandad two years ago when he had a stroke so it is all in his memory. I hope he will be proud of me.”
The Stroke Association funds research into prevention, treatment and better methods of rehabilitation, and helps stroke patients and their families directly through its services.
So far, Becky has raised £1,000. “I’ve only been collecting for three weeks so I’ve done well so far but I’m just hoping to raise as much as possible,” she said.
In 2008, Becky, who is a waitress at the Royal Oak in Uppingham, was the winner of the Mercury’s Face of Exclusive competition, in which she took part in a glamorous photo shoot and appeared on the front cover of our glossy magazine, Exclusive.
To sponsor Becky, call the Royal Oak on 01572 829853. For more information about The Stroke Association, visit www.stroke.org.uk