Poppie Nickerson has never liked heights. But when her granddad was diagnosed with bowel cancer, she tossed aside her fears and jumped thousands of feet from a plane.

The skydive was her way of raising money for Bowel & Cancer Research and supporting her beloved grandad.

After her skydive, Poppie said, “It was terrifying. I was petrified and shaking and, right to the last second, I thought I was going to have to pull out. It was totally out of my comfort zone.”

Brave Poppie added, “Then I remembered that I was doing this for someone else and not for me. The plane doors were open and that was it – I didn’t really have a choice.”

Once she had landed safely in the care of her skydive instructor, Poppie facetimed her grandad, who is still in hospital after surgery. “He was really impressed and we both had a little cry," she said.

“If he can go through what’s happening to him just to stay alive, and all I had to do was jump out of a plane, it didn’t seem so bad. I hope I made him proud.”

Poppie’s father, Damion, his partner, Sally Faulkner, plus brother, Che, boyfriend Ethan Verrall and best friend Charlie Slade joined her at the airfield to give her some moral support.

Poppie’s skydive raised a fantastic £700 for Bowel & Cancer Research. Our Chief Executive, Deborah Gilbert, thanked Poppie and her family and said:

“We wish David Buchell well on the road to recovery and we’re so grateful to Poppie. Our goal is to make sure that no one should die of bowel cancer in the future and we can only reach that goal with the help of our fantastic fundraisers.”

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