11:02AM, Monday 15 April 2013
A determined Windsor mum is planning a 'triple whammy' of fund raising activities that will see her jump from a plane, lose 10lbs in weight and become a model for a day.
Ilknur Harris, of Carter Close, is raising the money for Sebastian's Action Trust, a charity which provides a holiday home for sick children and their families.
The 45-year-old, who is an accountant for the Fiat Group in Bath Road, Slough, discovered 15 months ago that her three-year-old son Ali has leukaemia.
He has another 22 months of treatment to go, followed by two years of check-ups before he can be given the all clear.
He is a happy, spirited little boy who attends the Lawns Nursery in Imperial Road.
Ilknur, with the support of her husband Michael, 56, who is an engineer at Heathrow, started losing weight in February and aims to lose 10lbs.
She will be doing her sky dive on April 21 with three friends, two of them colleagues at Fiat.
Her husband joked: "It will be a challenge. She does not even like going on high rides at the funfair."
But Ilknur has another special motivation. She will be jumping two days after what should have been her daughter Burcak's 21st birthday. Tragically Burcak died when she was only 16.
Michael said: "It is ironic that we raised £10,000 in her memory and decided to contribute to a hospital for children with leukaemia in Istanbul where Ilknur comes from.
"Then we had Ali and now he is being treated for leukaemia over here."
Ilknur is also going to take part in a fund raising fashion show at Windsor's McDonald's Hotel on April 24 - her first attempt at being a model.
She said: "I think I'm dreading that more than the sky dive."
After that she is also taking part in the Crown and Tiara walk, a seven and 13 mile walk through Windsor Great Park starting and finishing at Trevelyan School on May 19 - also for Sebastian's Action Trust.
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