Kettering dad set to jump out of a plane with his daughter and 75-year-old mum

Rab Anderson with daughter Cat
Rab Anderson with daughter Cat

A dad who faced one of his biggest fears by jumping out of a plane is set to do it all over again - and he’s hoping to be joined by his daughter and his 75-year-old mum.

Despite being terrified of heights, Robert Anderson of Kettering tackled his fear head-on and did a parachute jump last year for Brain Tumour Research.

Cat Anderson

Cat Anderson

His inspiration was his daughter Cat Anderson, who was only 36 when she was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour.

The bravery of Cat, who was born in Glasgow, raised in Corby and now lives in Uppingham, was enough to get her dad to jump out of a plane the first time and he has decided he is going to do it all over again.

Mr Anderson, also known as Rab, said: “I am hoping to repeat the stunt next month and I am hoping to rope in a few other hardy souls.

“Cat also wants to take part and hopefully, if she is well enough on the day, she will do it with me.

Rab's last parachute jump

Rab's last parachute jump

“My mother, who is 75-years-old, wants to do it too so there will be three generations jumping.”

Since Cat’s diagnosis in August 2014, family, friends and even complete strangers have been getting in touch to show their support for Cat and hold fundraisers to help the family with travel and living costs while she is undergoing treatment.

Cat’s treatment has included surgery on several occasions as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Fundraisers inspired by Cat, who is also known as ‘Cat In A Hat’ because she wears an assortment of hats, have already helped raise thousands of pounds.

Cat in one of her many hats

Cat in one of her many hats

And Mr Anderson is hoping his second parachute jump will add to the total raised.

He added: “We want to raise awareness and sponsorship for Brain Tumour Research as without them Cat would definitely not be here today.”

To read more about Cat’s fight in her dad’s own words, click here

For more details about Brain Tumour Research, click here

To sponsor Mr Anderson, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=Catinahat1&isTeam=true