Kate Buxton has taken to the skies in a heart-stopping wingwalk to raise money for Bowel & Cancer Research as a tribute to her dying dad.

The 31-year-old mum soared thousands of feet, strapped to the wing of a biplane and flying through the air at 760mph.

The event was booked for September but when her dad, Derek Myatt, was given only weeks to live, it was brought forward so he could share the experience.

“Oh my God! There are not words to describe how it felt. It was absolutely amazing,” said Kate, from Burntwood, Staffs.

“Once I was strapped in, it was just me and the pilot. We taxied around the airfield for a bit and I could feel the engine beneath my feet. Then all of a sudden I could feel us speeding up and I was off the ground.

I screamed out ‘C’mon dad, we can do this!

“My yoga helped – I just zoned out and got myself together. I didn’t feel sick or frightened. I was totally buzzing.

“I came back a bit shaky because of the adrenalin but it was just out of this world."

"I was only up there for 12 minutes but it felt like time didn’t exist."

Kate’s dad was too ill to go along and watch but Kate took home a video.

“He said it was the best thing he had ever seen in his life,” said Kate.

“The expression on his face was unbelievable. He was blown away and gave me lots of hugs and thankyou’s."

"He has always been there for me and this was my thankyou. My mum was really emotional.”

Derek Myatt, 70, from Sutton Coldfield, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January.

“He was getting thinner and weaker and we all knew before they told us that he probably had cancer. It was stage 4 and had spread to his liver. There was nothing anyone could do,” said Kate.

He probably had the disease for years but ignored the symptoms. He was sent the poo test as part of the NHS bowel cancer screening programme but he tore it up because it was too embarrassing.

“I thought there was nothing I could do to cure him but I had to do something. That’s why I chose a wingwalk and a charity that was a good fit – Bowel & Cancer Research. I know it won’t cure my dad but it will help others in the same boat.”

She added that the experience has been life-changing.

It has changed my whole outlook on life.

"I used to be really shy and I suffer from panic attacks. But now I know I can be absolutely fearless – I’m not afraid of anything any more.

“If there’s an opportunity to do it again, just sign me up. I have a certificate in Level 1 Aerobatics so I can go back and do loop-the-loops and acrobatics. I’ll do it in my dad’s memory.”

Chief Executive of Bowel & Cancer Research Deborah Gilbert thanked Kate for her support.

“Our hearts go out to Kate’s dad. Our mission is to ensure that no one should die of this terrible disease in future and we can only achieve that with the help of our fantastic fundraisers,” she said.

Anyone who wants to support Kate can do so at https://www.bowelcancerresearch.org/fundraisers/kates-flight-fundraising-page