An Old Buckenham cancer survivor and two neighbours who have lost family to the disease will plunge from thousands of feet up to raise money and awareness for two ‘fantastic organisations’ that have helped them.
Steve Miller, 55, of Fen Street, and father-and-son duo Richard and Will Dunseith, of Fen Road, will complete a charity sky dive from Beccles on Sunday, June 14, inspired by the plight of Mr Miller, who is now in full remission after a bowel cancer diagnosis in July 2013.
Mr Miller, who works as an HGV driver, said he wanted to give something back to Norfolk charity The Big C, which supported him through the ‘harrowing experience’ of a major operation followed by 25 rounds of chemotherapy.
He told the Diss Express: “Going through something like this changes your attitudes to a lot of things. I don’t like heights, but it’s not nearly as scary as going under the knife for a big operation. That’s been my inspiration.
“I am apprehensive, but I’m looking forward to it in a funny way. They (family and friends) think I’m mad, but they have been so supportive and they are digging deep into their pockets.
“It’s a horrible disease and I am one of the lucky ones, because they caught mine early. There are others less fortunate than me, so every penny I can raise helps. If people are feeling poorly, then they should get it checked with their GP, before it’s too late.”
Mr Miller has, at the time of going to press, raised £615 for his chosen charity – well in excess of his initial £500 target.
He will be joined in his dive by the Dunseiths, who are collecting funds for the benefit of Cancer Research UK, in memory of close family member Chas Knight, who passed away five years ago after a battle with cancer.
Their efforts have so far brought in £625.50 via their Just Giving web page.
To pledge a donation towards Mr Miller’s cause, please visit www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Colin-Miller - while the Dunseiths can be supported by going to www.justgiving.com/Deborah-Dunseith