A STOP smoking advisor will plunge from 12,000 feet to help people kick the habit.
Katie Barnett will jump from an aircraft tomorrow for a skydive to raise awareness of National No Smoking Day and raise cash for the British Heart Foundation.
She will take the plunge at Hibaldstow airfield, in North Lincolnshire, free-falling at around 120mph for 50 seconds before gliding to earth.
And the rest of her team from the district’s stop smoking service will offer moral support from the ground.
She said: “This is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of No Smoking Day at the same time as raising money for a fantastic charity.”
Smoking rates in Wakefield are five per cent higher than the national average. More than a third of adults smoke in some areas of the district.
Miss Barnett, 24, is part of the stop smoking team at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which offers help, including nicotine replacement therapies like Champix and Zyban.
She said: “We help people everyday to give up smoking, but it’s great to be able to show just how committed we are to the cause by taking this giant leap.”
More than a million smokers UK-wide are expected to try and give up on No Smoking Day, which will be held on Wednesday.
The stop smoking team will be out and about in Wakefield and Pontefract with information about the help available.
A Quit Shop is held at 21 Northgate, Wakefield, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9.30am-4pm and on Wednesdays from 7.30am-7pm.
To find out more about the service, call 01977 465449.
To sponsor the skydive, log on to www.justgiving.com/Katie-Barnett1