Laina to take on skydive in support of sister's cancer battle
PUBLISHED: 18:20 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 19:03 26 March 2018
A loving sister will attempt to conquer a charity skydive, raising money to help her sister through illness.
Laina Staff, from Great Yarmouth, is set to make the leap of faith on Easter Sunday, April 1, at Ellough Airfield, cheered on by her friends and family.
The 22-year-old’s sister, Rhiannon, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016 and has since undergone six strenuous rounds of chemotherapy and 35 sessions of radiotherapy.
Her battle with illness goes on, so Laina decided to undertake a challenge that demonstrates her support and raises money to help with the costs of travelling to hospital appointments - not to mention giving Rhiannon and her fiancé Kyle a well-deserved break.
“I’d thought about doing a skydive for a while and, in the new year, I thought it was finally time to go for it,” said Laina. “There are plenty of other things you can do to raise money but I wanted to do something that stands out.
“I’m really nervous, even though I’ve spoken to people who have done it before and say how amazing it is. If I get to the top and say I don’t want to do it, I’ll just ask to be pushed out!
“I didn’t expect to receive so much support; people have been really enthusiastic about it and I’ve had so many people getting in touch to see how they can help.”
Laina set herself a target of £1000 and, several days before the skydive, she has already received more than £1300 worth of donations.
To compliment her efforts, Laina’s family will be hosting a fundraising day from 2pm at their pub, the Market Tavern in Great Yarmouth, after she has completed the dive.
They are also hoping to raise awareness about the importance of cervical screening tests, also known as smear tests.
“With cervical cancer it’s all about getting the message out there and encouraging people to get smear tests,” said Vanessa Staff, Laina’s mother.
“I’m really proud of Laina for what she’s doing, and our fundraising day is a way of saying thank you to everybody who has shown their support for her and Rhiannon.
“All the market traders and nearby shops have been getting involved and making donations to the raffle; it’s been so lovely to see.”
Visit Laina’s Just Giving page to donate.