Higham siblings to skydive from 13,000ft after uncle diagnosed with terminal cancer

Lee Eggleton.

Lee Eggleton.

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A Higham Ferrers man has told of his pride after his children decided to skydive from 13,000ft after their uncle was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer.

Stuart Staines’ children Taylor, 17, and Oliver, 16, will carry out the daredevil jump on May 8 this year near Peterborough.

Oliver and Taylor Staines.

Oliver and Taylor Staines.

Their uncle, Lee Eggleton, 45, of Welywn Garden City, was diagnosed with cancer last year and given just 12 months to live.

And now Taylor and Oliver, who both attend The Ferrers School, are hoping to raise as much money as they can for Cancer Research.

Dad Stuart said: “It’s going to be an emotional day for sure, I’m so proud of them both.

“They’ve done all of this off their own back and they want to raise as much as they can.

“They originally wanted to raise enough to cover the cost of doing it but the fundraising has gone mad, it reached £1,000 in two-and-a-half hours.

“We’re all lifelong Watford fans and as soon as one of the fans’ Facebook pages got wind of it it took off massively.

“They’re both rollercoaster freaks but this is something else.”

An update on the fundraising page from the siblings reads: “Thank you so so much, myself and Oli can’t thank you all enough for helping us meet our target.

“Please keep sharing our story and page and see how much we can raise.

“Together we can help beat this disease. We will keep you updated of progress xx Taylor & Oli.”

To donate to Taylor and Oliver’s cause, visit the fundraising page by clicking here.