A MAN will remember his beloved son when he tackles a daring 200ft zip slide.
Safety consultant Phil Ellis, 58, of Johnstown, hopes taking on the challenge across the River Mersey will help the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in its efforts to develop better treatments and find a cure for the condition.
The cause is close to Mr Ellis’ heart as his son Ian died of cystic fibrosis in 2008, aged 24.
A former pupil at The Maelor School in Penley, Ian was diagnosed with the condition as a baby and bravely fought it throughout his life.
Mr Ellis, who will cross the Mersey via a lofty wire from Widnes to Runcorn, said: “I'm trying to raise money to help people with cystic fibrosis.
“My son Ian suffered with this disease and lost his battle.
“I want to do everything I can to stop other families going through this. I’ve done lots of fundraising before, including an abseil, and we just did a collection at Grosvenor Garden Centre and raised more than £250. All the money helps to fund research and support for people with cystic fibrosis.”
Mr Ellis was at his son’s bedside when he died at Broadgreen Hospital in Liverpool in December 2008.
Ian, who worked for Tesco in Wrexham, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was just 15-months-old.
When he was young, he was treated at Wrexham Maelor Hospital but at 18 had to go to Broadgreen Hospital to use adult facilities for lung care.
His family and friends have raised thousands of pounds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening genetic condition, with only half of sufferers living to their 40th birthday. There is currently no known cure.
It causes the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, to become clogged with thick sticky mucus, resulting in chronic infections and inflammation of the lungs.
Mr Ellis can be sponsored at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ philszipline