A THURNSCOE teenager who was given bad news about his dad just before Christmas is embarking on a fundraising mission to raise money for a cancer charity.

Lewis Cooper, 19, of Ashlea, was told that his dad, Stephen Cooper, had cancer in multiple areas of his body.

His dad was told he had cancer in one of his kidneys and his stomach and lungs, before it spread to his leg and brain.

Lewis told the Chronicle he felt it was ‘his turn’ to do something nice for his dad, who worked with the homeless for many years.

“Even when my dad was poorly he always helped out with the homeless and other charities who support those in need, it’s my turn now to help out and do something for him,” he said.

Lewis is hoping to raise as much money as he can which will go directly to Macmillan Cancer Support, who he says are ‘amazing’.

He added: “I chose Macmillan as they are one of the biggest charities.

“They do so much work for people who are struggling with cancer, and their families who are going through it with them.

“Fundraising for them will allow them to continue supporting those living with a cancer diagnosis.

“After doing my research, I thought skydiving from thousands of feet in the air will be a big thing to raise as much money as I can to help my dad and other families.”

The skydive is expected to take place on Saturday, March 11.