A LOVING granddaughter went sky-high to complete a daring challenge in honour of her nan.
Kirsty Nield, from Woodland Road in Whitby, fulfilled a personal goal by leaping 3,500ft from a plane in a special parachute jump for her grandmother, Irene Whitfield, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.
Sadly, Mrs Whitfield has only been given from two weeks and two months to live, so Kirsty was determined to compete a jump in front of her nan, as well as raising cash for other cancer sufferers.
The 21-year-old daredevil works in the IT department at the Countess of Chester and her leap of faith has raised around £700 for the hospital's B Positive cancer charity.
Kirsty said: 'I'd seen the jump advertised before and it was something I'd always wanted to do. When my nan became ill I was even more determined.
'I was excited about doing it but just before the jump I became very nervous. When you're in the sky it just didn't seem real, it was amazing and something I'll do again.'
The former Whitby High School student was prevented from jumping on two earlier occasions by bad weather.
However, on Saturday Kirsty was greeted with perfect conditions to fulfil her daring challenge in the company of her family at the parachute centre near Whitchurch.
Her proud uncle, David Whitfield, said: 'All of the family are very proud of Kirsty's achievement and the fact that her nan was there to see it.
'It is hoped that the money she has raised will go to help others like my mother who are treated at the Countess.'