The daredevil sister of a Wearside war hero killed in Afghanistan is to leap from a plane in his memory.
Demi Evans was just 12 years old when her Royal Marine brother Tony Evans, 20, was killed while on patrol in Helmand Province in 2008.
Now call centre worker Demi is planning a tandem skydive to raise money for Help for Heroes in memory of her beloved brother.
Half the cash she raises will go to Cancer Research UK to support the work it does, such as helping her dad, Tony, 58, beat throat cancer two years ago.
Demi, of Cairo Street, Hendon, Sunderland, said: “Me and Tony were really, really close.
“I looked up to him all the time, with him being a marine.
“I was only 12 when he died, and it was very hard to deal with, and I did go off the rails a bit, but I’m back on my feet now.
“I think Tony would be proud of me for doing this. In fact, if he was here, he would probably be doing it with me.”
Demi said her family were devastated when her dad found out he had cancer, but he has now overcome it, and that, she said, is why she chose both charities.
The teenager is hoping to raise £1,000 through her skydive at Shotton Airfield on Sunday, August 30.
To donate to Help for Heroes, visit her fund-raising page at www.justgiving.com/Demi-Evans1
To support Cancer Research UK, visit www.justgiving.com/Demi-Evans