Up and away for cancer charity

Laura Miller who is taking part in a zipwire fundraiser.

Laura Miller who is taking part in a zipwire fundraiser.

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A DAREDEVIL is looking to the skies ahead of a charity challenge tomorrow.

Laura Miller, 22, from Hartlepool, will take part in a sponsored zipwire event from 200ft up that will span 1,000ft across Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge for a cancer unit in memory of several relatives.

She is carrying out the scary feat in aid of the teenage cancer unit at Newcastle’s RVI, after befriending a young cancer sufferer while visiting a relative at the hospital in the summer.

The cancer cause is also close to the former Brierton Community School student’s heart as she has lost relatives to the disease.

Her auntie, Lynn Brisciano, died in 2010 aged 55 after battling cancer in various parts of her body.

The mum-of-two, whose sister June Miller, from Rift House is Laura’s mum, lived in America, but was originally from Bishop Auckland. Laura’s grandparents Eileen and Alan Miller, from Bishop Auckland, also passed away after battling cancer.

Laura said: “I think my auntie would be very proud.

“Although she lived in America I spoke to her every single day.”

Laura, who lives off Oxford Road, added: “I have done quite a few things for charity, including a bungee jump for disabled children and I have always wanted to jump out of a plane.

“I am quite excited about the zipwire, but think I will be really nervous tomorrow. I was speaking to a girl at the RVI who was just coming out of an operation and was talking to her mam.

“She said she has been through a lot and I just wanted to help the unit.”

Laura, who is doing the zipwire with friend Amy Halliday, 20, is appealing for sponsorship. Anyone wishing to make a donation can call her on 07952102974.