PROUD dad Steven Walker will be for the high jump next week - but it's all for a good cause.
Steven, 24, who is a butcher in the Queensgate Market, Huddersfield, will mark his son Rhys's first birthday on November 13, with a 14,000ft sponsored skydive.
He will do the event with Rhys's aunt, Tracy Connor, a supply teacher at Elland CE Primary School and Field Lane Primary School, Rastrick.
They will be raising money for the premature baby charity Bliss, as a tribute to Rhys, who was born 15 weeks early weighing only 1.5lb - less than a bag of sugar.
"He is a wonderful baby boy, full of beans and giggles, and he is always happy even through bad times," said Steven.
He thanked his many customers at Quality Butchers for their support and sponsorship.
Rhys spent four months in hospital after his birth, firstly in the special care baby unit at the Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, and then at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester where he had surgery for a perforated bowel and had his appendix out at just a week old. He came home from hospital three weeks after his due date.
He is now awaiting surgery for a hole in his heart.
Steven, who lives with Tracy's sister Yvonne, in Halifax, and Tracy, of Skircoat Green, Halifax, will travel to Flookburgh in Cumbria on November 13 to do a morning's training before doing the tandem jump in the afternoon.
They aim to raise about £1,000 for Bliss, which helps ensure more babies born prematurely or sick at birth survive.
Anyone who wants to sponsor Steven or Tracy should ring 07793143545 or visit www.justgiving.com/tracyskydive
* One in eight babies is born premature or sick - that's 80,000 babies every year.
* About 17,000 of the babies need intensive care and the figure is rising.
* Bliss was established 25 years ago by a group of concerned parents.
* It is now the leading national charity in this field.
* Bliss campaigns for improvements in neonatal care - working closely with the Government and other key policymaking bodies.
* It helps parents and families through a wide range of support and information services.
* The Parent Support Helpline is Freephone 0500 618140, Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm.