A DEVOTED daughter whose father died after suffering a massive heart attack – aged just 39 while playing football – will take to the skies on Saturday in his memory.
Danielle Horner, 17, will take part in a 12,000ft skydive at Shotton Airfield.
The Hartlepool Sixth Form College student is doing the jump in memory of her dad, Colin Horner.
SAICA Packaging worker Colin collapsed while enjoying a kick-about at the Mill House Leisure Centre, in November 2010.
Six days later, on November 11, the dad-of-three, married to Caroline, lost his fight for life at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
Danielle, who will use the brave feat to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and the critical care unit at the Hartlepool hospital, was just 15 at the time and doing her exams.
She said: “I got a call from my friend’s mum saying she was coming to pick me up, then I remember just sitting in the hospital day in day out.
“I didn’t get a chance to say bye to my dad.”
Danielle has set up a Facebook page to promote her charity skydive, and has already amassed at least £400 in sponsorship money.
She said she chose to take part in the jump as her dad had always said he would do a skydive on his 40th birthday.
Danielle, who lives in the town’s Stratford Road, said: “Dad did a bungee jump and a skydive was something he always wanted to do, but never got to do it.
“I thought I could, and do it for a good cause.
“I think my dad would be really proud of me.
“I’m scared of heights, so this is a big thing for me.”
Anyone wishing to sponsor Danielle can search for Danielle’s sponsored sky dive on Facebook, or call her on 07557 510899.