A REDDITCH woman has taken her fundraising efforts to new heights after doing a tandem parachute jump from 13,000ft in Dubai.
Tasneem Ahmed, who works in the United States but is returning home later this year, is raising money for the Imran Khan Cancer Appeal.
So far she has raised £3,600 out of a target of £4,800 and has now set her sights on completing a 14 day trek to Everest Base Camp in October to raise the final sum.
“Every day I work on ensuring patients afflicted with cancer are provided with the best diagnosis and treatment,” she said.
“However, this option is not available for up to 30 per cent of patients in Pakistan who are failing to access cancer diagnosis and treatment for financial reasons only.
“Supporting Imran Khan’s Cancer Appeal makes me feel that I am somehow supporting patients with their battle against cancer, something we in the developed world take for granted with the NHS.”
For her parachute jump Tasneem stepped out of an aeroplane high over the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.
“It was terrific! A real great buzz when I was free falling and the views were just out of this world,” she said.
“However I had a real challenge with breathing at 13,000ft with 40c ground tem p- no one had told me that getting the Arabian air into my lungs would be that challenging. Once I figured the breathing it was a real delight.”
The highflier also had a special message for the people in Redditch who have kept her fitness on track.
“I would like to shout out the Abbey Stadium and in particular Paul Court – Paul and his team have supported me by providing access to their gym so I can continue to train for the Everest Challenge when I visit my family in Redditch.”
For more on Tasneem’s cause, visit www.ikca.org.uk/.
To support her visit Just Giving and key in tasneemeverest.