A CANCER SURVIVOR from Denbighshire is set to brave a skydive in order to raise money for the charity which has supported her.

Ali Alcock from Corwen will be taking the challenge on in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at Tilstock Freefall Club in Whitchurch on Saturday, August 15.

The 42-year-old, who works as a social worker for Denbighshire County Council, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2015 and endured a five-month battle.

Over the years, Ali has raised more than £15,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support who she says were a ‘big help’ during her time living with cancer.

She raised the money by producing a ‘Kit Off for Cancer’ charitable calendar, taking part in a charity walk and carpool karaoke for cancer and also hosting three charity nights.

Now, Ali’s latest challenge brings her to Tilstock next Saturday and, despite setting an initial target of £1000, she has has already raised £1,197 through her JustGiving page.

Ali said: “I chose a skydive this year as it’s my fifth year as a survivor and I wanted to do something big or special to mark the occasion. I’m petrified of heights so I thought it was a worthy challenge."

To further add to the challenge, Ali was tasked with losing two stone to meet the skydiving centre's weight restrictions - something she has been able to achieve thanks to personal trainer Lucy Ruffy of Lucy's Fitness Bootcamp, who donated her time for free.

Ali added: "I have been running, walking, doing Lucy's online workouts, and she also sets me weekly challenge. To date, I have lost two stone 11lbs in just 24 weeks."

Lucy will be accompanying Ali to Tilstock, as will Ali's dad Barry Jones and son Danny Jones.

Ali said: ""As the skydive is getting closer it is dawning on me the reality that in a few days time I will be going up in that plane and jumping out of it. I’m a complete mixture of excitement and nerves but it will all be worth it to raise much needed money for Macmillan Cancer Support who I hold dear to my heart as having had first hand experience of the invaluable support and services they provide. I am a passionate ambassador and fundraiser for them.

"Due to COVID a lot of fundraising events have had to be cancelled or postponed so this year more than ever they need the funds to be able to continue providing support to people living with and battling Cancer who have also being having to do this in isolation.

"I am very grateful to Ifor Williams Trailers Ltd who have sponsored the skydive and made a significant cash donation and also Stuart Morris Plumbing, Home & Garden maintenance who has sponsored the filming of the skydive so all money raised will go direct to Macmillan Cancer Support.

"I will be having a socially distanced gathering with family and friends after to celebrate."

To donate to her skydive fundraiser, go to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Alison-Alcock2