A SCHOOL support assistant is taking to the skies after being inspired by one of her pupils.

Margaret Duffield, who works at Berry Brow Nursery and Infant School, will be reaching new heights when she takes part in a hot air balloon ride on Sunday.

The mother-of-two is taking up the challenge to raise cash for the Yorkshire Cochlea Implant Society, based at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Her fundraising comes after pupil Daisy Hancox, six, underwent a cochlea implant when she was just a toddler.

Margaret, 64, of Lesley Way, Crosland Moor, said: "I support Daisy one-to-one at school. She is such a brave little girl.

"She had meningitis when she was 18 months old which left her profoundly deaf. But with the implant she can hear, which is fantastic.

"It has given her the opportunity to attend mainstream school and make lots of friends."

Margaret will carry out her ballooning mission at Kirby Lonsdale, between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

She said: "It is something I have always wanted to do for myself.

"I am getting quite excited about it now.

"I just hope the weather holds out."

She said her family would be there on the day to watch as she took part in the hour-long ride.

She hoped the challenge would raise about £200 for the appeal.