Brother and sister Andrew Mclaughlan and Kirsty Turner, from Thetford, take on charity challenge in memory of their father Paul

Kirsty Turner and Andrew Mclaughlan will be doing a tandem skydive in memory of their father and to

Kirsty Turner and Andrew Mclaughlan will be doing a tandem skydive in memory of their father and to raise money for Cancer Research. Picture: Kirsty Turner - Credit: Archant

A brother and sister from Thetford will be jumping out of a plane at 13,000ft to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

Kirsty Turner and Andrew Mclaughlan are taking on a tandem sky dive in memory of their father Paul who died on November 28 last year from bowel cancer.

The pair are hoping to raise at least £500 for Cancer Research, a charity which holds a lot of meaning for them as their mother Pat also died on from breast cancer, also on November 28 but in 1989.

This will be the second time Mrs Turner has sky dived, she and her sister Louise raised around £1,000 for Breast Cancer UK in memory of their mother in 2009.

For Mr Mclaughlan this will be his first time.


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Mrs Turner said: 'I am looking forward to it because in a way I know what to expect. I am not sure my brother is as excited as me. I enjoyed it last time and it is an experience. As soon as I touched the ground I said I wanted to go again.

'It'll be in memory of our dad as we lost him in November. We did actually talk about doing this before he passed away.'

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Mr Turner said she also hopes to raise awareness of the importance of getting health checks and cancer itself.

They family did not know their father had bowel cancer until after his death.

'My dad suffered with piles for years,' said the 40-year-old. 'He got diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago but it was dormant.

'In December 2015 he had a heart attack, which went unnoticed. During a check-up they found he had pockets of cancer but the bowel cancer had gone unnoticed.

'He got told it was terminal in September - they said he couldn't have anymore treatment because of his heart.

'I want to raise awareness that if you suffer from piles go and get a checked out. And even if you have those health check-ups, to keep pushing if you think you need to.'

The pair will take on their charity challenge on May 14 at UK Parachuting at Beccles Airfield.

Mrs Turner added: 'Dad was very funny and affectionate. He had a really infectious smile and it kills us every day not to be able to speak to him and see him.'

To sponsor Mrs Turner and Mr Mclaughlan click here

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