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Old Coulsdon woman to skydive in memory of her mother

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A BREAST cancer victim's daughter will skydive in her mother's memory – two years after being told she was "too big to jump".

Kirsten Eeles, of Caterham Drive, Old Coulsdon, was told she was too heavy to perform the daredevil stunt in 2011 but has since dropped from 17st 8lbs to 15st 3lbs.

She will now take her leap of faith in Wiltshire on Mother's Day for Breakthrough Breast Cancer in tribute to her mum Marilyn Hayden, who died aged 39 in 1990 when Kirsten was just seven.

"I have wanted to do this for her for a long time and I was disappointed when I was told I couldn't," she said.

"I want to support this charity because with all the advances over the last 23 years, I reckon my mum would have a much better chance now.

"I hope my efforts can help prevent another pair of sisters losing their mummy to cancer at such a young age."

Kirsten said she had not been on any crash diets, instead putting the weight-loss down to a change of career.

She added: "I put my old size back to working in a desk job where you sat down all day and ate rubbish.

"But I now work in pottery studio Get Fired! in Purley, where I am really active all day."

Kirsten also said husband Anthony and four-year-old daughter Jessica were proud of her efforts.

"I'm looking forward to the big day but my nerves are beginning to kick in a little bit," she added.

"But I miss my mum every day and I hope she would have been proud of me."

Her older sister Claire, 35, helped look after Kirsten when their father Michael died just six years after their mother.

Claire said: "It's a very brave thing to do but breast cancer is very personal to us.

"Our aunt also died of the disease so we are very aware we are probably seen as high risk.

"But hopefully with this kind of support, cancer charities can continue to do their best to beat the disease."

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