Brave Brooke, 9, is a girl in a million

Luke Adams skydive for Brooke Andrews EMN-140710-102048001

Luke Adams skydive for Brooke Andrews EMN-140710-102048001

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Luke Adams would do anything for his nine-year-old niece Brooke Andrews and to prove it, he threw himself out of a plane – at 10,000 feet.

What’s even more remarkable is that Luke is scared of heights.

Double act: Luke Adams with Brooke before his amazing skydive

Double act: Luke Adams with Brooke before his amazing skydive

However, there is an amazing story behind his sky-dive.

At the age of four, his niece – who lives in Woodhall Spa – was diagnosed with a Wilmus tumour.

It is a form of children’s kidney cancer.

Within weeks, the cancer had reached Brooke’s heart, via a main artery.

Almost five years on and after intensive chemotherapy and a full heart by pass, Brooke has finally been given the all-clear.

When she was seriously ill, the family applied to When You Wish Upon A Star.

The charity arranged for Brooke to fly to Lapland to meet Santa.

Luke, 26, who is from Horncastle but now lives in Woodhall Spa, believes that trip was a ‘life-saver.’

Now, he’s doing his best to raise as much money as possible for the charity.

Last month, he overcame a lifelong fear of heights to perform his tandem sky-dive.

Luke, who works with autistic youngsters, told the News: “Brooke really is a girl in a million.

“It was so heart-breaking to witness what she had to go through.

“She’s absolutely brilliant. She’s so brave and now she’s ready to fight the whole world.”

Brooke will still have to return to hospital for check-ups but Luke - a former pupil at Gartree School - said the family were delighted with her progress.

He added: “She’s come on in leaps and bounds. She’s just like any other young girl. She’s back at school and it’s as though nothing ever happened. It’s amazing.”

Luke described his sky-dive as a ‘memorable but terrifying experience.’

He added: “I’ve never liked heights but I kept telling myself it was for Brooke and for the charity.

“I don’t mind admitting I was bricking it!

“I just shut my eyes and went for it. Brooke was there and it was great to see her.”

Luke is hoping to raising £1,000 and donations can be made at www.bmycharity.com/Brooke.