Daughter plans wing walks in memory of her dad
She has already raised just over £4,000 and is now well on the way to topping that figure with a charity wing walk next month.
Natasha Bill got the impetus to carry out the stunt following a conversation with her father Stephen while he was being cared for at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.
Now eight months after his death the 22-year-old, who works as a Level 2 practitioner at the Little Teapots Pre School, in Chedburgh, is planning her fundraising stunt at Damyns Hall Airfield, near Upminster, in Essex, on Sunday, July 23.
She said her 59-year-old father, who was a chef at a local school where he was born in Bristol and also worked on cruise ships, suffered from cancer of the bladder and the illness moved to his lungs and spread to other parts of his body.
She is planning to raise the money for the My WiSH charity which supports the hospital and target it towards the Macmillan Unit, where her father was care for, mainly for the information centre to help pay for swimming lessons and to purchase reading books to help children understand their relatives’ cancer.
Natasha, who lives in Acton, has already raised a staggering £4,296 through her Just Giving website and is hoping to increase that further over the coming weeks.
She said: “It was one Sunday lunchtime when I was talking to my dad and the wing walk came up which was something quite different and it seemed right that I should do it.
“I organized a quiz night at our local pub the Acton Crown about a couple of months ago which raised £500 to help top up the funds.”
And she had words of praise for the care that her father received at the hospital.
“It was so good to us and supported us so much. We could not have asked for more from them and my father was comfortable during his illness.”
To boost Natasha’s fundraising go to her dedicated website at http://www.justgiving.com/Stephenbill
Written by Russell Cook