When one relative after another succumbed to cancer, Ricky Cawdron decided it was time to do his bit.

The 38-year-old plasterer signed up to do a wingwalk in memory of his dad, mum and father-in-law and will also raise money for Bowel & Cancer Research when he takes to the skies on August 31.

“Enough is enough of this disease,” said dad-of-two Ricky from Hemel Hempstead.

It’s time I did something to help towards fighting it. I’ve often taken the kids to airshows and enjoyed the wingwalking. When I found I could do it for charity, I signed up.

Ricky’s own dad, Roy, died in 1999, leaving Ricky, then aged 18, to help bring up his two younger brothers. Their parents were no longer together.

His mum Haysell Sturman died in 2016, and his father-in-law Gary Smith died last autumn.

“I had a close bond with Gary – even though I’m a Tottenham fan and he supported Newcastle!

He was like a dad to me. It took a lot for me to look up to anyone again after my own dad passed away but he filled that position with ease.

“We had many things in common, especially table tennis which Gary thought he was good at until he met his match! We spent many evenings playing until the sun went down - or until he’d had enough of picking up the ball.”

Ricky himself suffers from ulcerative colitis which is why Bowel & Cancer Research is his chosen charity.

“The money I raise will go towards research into that too,” he said.

He is determined that his condition will not prevent him from being strapped to the wing of a biplane to soar through the Essex skies at 170mph.

His wife Kate and their two children, Sonny, 8, and Sienna, 5, will be cheering him along with friends. Ricky said:

The kids are really excited. They think I’m a Superhero – wingwalking, raising £1,000 and curing cancer all in one go.

“I think my Dad would be absolutely in shock and I hope he’d be proud. He looked after us three boys on his own for all those years. He was a brilliant dad. All of the people I’ve lost would be proud.”

Chief Executive of Bowel & Cancer Research Deborah Gilbert thanked Ricky for his support.

We are sorry to hear that Ricky has lost so many relatives to cancer.

"Our aim is to ensure that no one should die of bowel cancer in future and we can only do that with the help of our fantastic fundraisers like Ricky,” she said.

Anyone who wants to support Ricky can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ricky-cawdron