A MUM of two will use her family as a source of inspiration when she jumps from a plane at 10,000 ft to raise funds for a charity close to her heart.

Gemma Anderson, from Grappenhall, has signed up to complete her first tandem skydive in Lancaster in September to raise cash for a charity that supported three family members during the most difficult periods of their lives.

The 29-year-old said: “I’m really excited about it but I would actually describe myself as a bit of a wuss.

“But when you are told you have an illness you have to be brave and get on with it so this is what I’m going to do.

Gemma will be making the leap in aid of the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, who offer treatment, support vital research and provide life-changing services to people battling to beat cancer.

Each year, the charity provides care for 27,000 patients but it would not be able to continue the work without the help of kind-hearted volunteers and fundraisers.

“I just felt like they could not do enough. I don’t want to go into details but they have done so much for us,” she said.

Raising money for the charity will be a way for Gemma to say thank you for all the help and support they have provided since November 2012.

“I have organised girls’ nights in before and raised money for Macmillan Cancer Research but I decided to do something that would be a bit more of challenge.

“I think I’m having a mini life crisis before my next birthday,” joked Gemma, who will turn 30 later this year.

She added: “At the moment it is more excitement than nerves but I’m sure that will change on the day.”

To donate visit justgiving.com/Gemma-Anderson4.