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Skydiving student to raise £1,000 for breast cancer care

PUBLISHED: 14:34 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 10:36 12 August 2010

A STUDENT is to jump out of an aeroplane to raise money for a cancer charity which is caring for his mum after she contracted breast cancer.

A STUDENT is to jump out of an aeroplane to raise money for a cancer charity which is caring for his mum after she contracted breast cancer.

Eltham College sixth former Tristan Lee, 18, of Irene Road, Orpington, will do a tandem skydive on April 25 from Headcorn Aerodrome, Maidstone, to raise over £1,000 for Breast Cancer Care.

His mum Carol Lee, 52, was diagnosed six weeks ago with breast cancer and is about to undertake her second round of chemotherapy.

Breast Cancer Care has provided invaluable support for Tristan's mother since her diagnosis, receiving counselling, advice and encouraged her to regain contact with long lost friends.

Such is the impact of the charity on the family that Tristan and his older brother Kieran, 20, are very keen to give something back so that other families can benefit from the charity's work.

Kieran will be running the Edinburgh Marathon on May 23.

Tristan Lee said: "When mum told us she had cancer, it made me want to do something positive instead of getting depressed about it.

"I chose to do a skydive because it has quite a big impression on people in terms of generating donations for the charity. Kieran is a bit on the chubby side so we thought it would be quite impressive if he ran a marathon."

The teenager set an initial target of £1,000 but in just one week of fund raising at Eltham College, pupils and staff have donated £500, so he is hopeful of breaking through his target.

To support Mr Lee in his skydive in aid of Breast Cancer Care, visit www.justgiving.com/Tristan-Lee.

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