A bookkeeper is set to brave a skydive to raise money for an animal welfare charity.

Kate Steele, 39, from Weymouth, is hoping to raise at least £500 for her local branch of Cats Protection.

The feline charity's Weymouth & District branch rehomes around 30 cats and kittens each year and helps around 150 annually throughout Dorset. The branch covers the areas of include Dorchester, Weymouth, Portland, Bridport, Sherborne and the Purbecks.

Kate, who fosters cats for the charity, said: “I have never done a skydive before but I just thought why not, I want to do something to help support the cats in our care at the branch and although I do feel nervous, as I’ve not done anything this large before, I’m excited at the same time.

 “The cats really are my motivation for doing it and I would like people to know that fostering is very rewarding. It gives such a warm feeling to know you’re giving the kitties a chance to be helped and loved again.”

The skydive will take place at Dunkeswell Airfield, east Devon, on Saturday, August 24.

The fundraising target of £500 will cover the cost of conjunctivitis treatment for 10 cats or will be able to kit out two fosterers’ cat pens with a hiding and sleeping structure aiming to provides comfort and stress reduction for needy cats.

Dorset Echo: Nine-year-old ginger cat Lyon who was supported by Weymouth Cats ProtectionNine-year-old ginger cat Lyon who was supported by Weymouth Cats Protection (Image: Cats Protection)

Rebecca Worth from the Cats Protection Events team which organises skydives, added: “Kate’s so brave to take-on the skydive. Although it’s extremely exhilarating, it can also be really scary the first time you take that plunge! However, the funds she raises will make a huge difference to cats at the branch.

"As a fosterer Kate knows only too well just how poorly some of the cats can be when they arrive with us and we’ve noticed cats needing significantly more vet treatment when they arrive with us as a result of the ongoing impact of rising costs of living.”

So far Kate has raised nearly £200 for Cats Protection. You can support Kate’s skydive by donating on her JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/page/kate-steele-1708185165166