A FORMER paratrooper who lost his brave battle with cancer is being honoured by his daughter.

Nathalie Glaze is mounting a skydive in memory of her beloved dad, Robert Price.

The 38-year-old mum-of-four wants to thank St Luke’s Hospice for all their loving care and support.

Knutsford Guardian: Nathalie and her dad RobertNathalie and her dad Robert (Image: Nathalie Glaze)

Robert was diagnosed with stomach cancer in August 2022.

Nathalie, who works in Knutsford, said: “He spent the following 11 months bravely fighting the disease and still lived life with humour and love.”

Knutsford Guardian: Robert and wife SandraRobert and wife Sandra (Image: Nathalie Glaze)

Sadly, Robert, a driver for Roberts Bakery in Northwich, died in July last year, aged just 60.

“There was a big turn out from the bakery for his funeral,” said Nathalie, a tutor assessor for Kids Planet Training Academy.

Knutsford Guardian: Robert with granddaughter MadeleineRobert with granddaughter Madeleine (Image: Nathalie Glaze)

“I’ve been trying to think of ways to honour my dad and raise money for the hospice.

“Dad was a parachute trooper in his younger days and actually willingly jumped out of a plane.

Knutsford Guardian: Robert served as a paratrooper in his younger daysRobert served as a paratrooper in his younger days (Image: Nathalie Glaze)

“So what better way to raise money in his memory that to experience something that he did.”

Nathalie, from Barnton, is now plucking up the courage for the skydive in the Lake District, set to take place on April 27.

Knutsford Guardian: Robert with Nathalie and brother Jonathon when they were youngerRobert with Nathalie and brother Jonathon when they were younger (Image: Nathalie Glaze)

“I was feeling a lot braver when I booked it than I do now,” she said.

“I’m hoping the good feelings will outweigh my nerves on the day.”

Knutsford Guardian: Robert and Sandra with their seven eldest grandchildrenRobert and Sandra with their seven eldest grandchildren (Image: Nathalie Glaze)

Nathalie initially struggled to come to terms with her dad’s death at such a young age.

“Losing dad has been difficult,” said Nathalie, who has an older sister Claire and younger brother Jonathon.

"He died at just 60. Not old enough to retire with mum and live out their plans together or to enjoy many more years of my dramas and being a grandad to his now nine grandchildren.

“I’ve felt grief like I never expected and had weekends when I’ve not wanted to get dressed, see anyone, speak to anyone or do anything, which I’m sure those that know me will understand how out of character it is.

Knutsford Guardian: Robert with daugthter Nathalie and her four childrenRobert with daugthter Nathalie and her four children (Image: Nathalie Glaze)

“I’ve suffered with anxiety and a constant fear that my children will one day have to see me so poorly and feel as helpless as I did with dad.

“So it’s time to start living as we don’t know how long we’ve actually got.”

Nathalie is keen to raise as much money as possible for the hospice.

To donate visit justgiving.com/page/nathalie-glaze-1706647435905.

Nathalie said: “This is a self-funded jump meaning that all money raised will go directly to St Luke’s to support families and people like dad.

“In the later stages, staff cared for dad and they are so lovely.

“This is our way to give back for the support they gave to us and continue to offer us.”

For 35 years, St Luke’s has provided free of charge specialist palliative care and support for people living with life limiting illnesses.

Last year, staff and volunteers supported more than 1,000 local people, as well as helping children cope with grief and enabling patients return to work after an illness.

The hospice relies on the generosity and commitment of supporters to raise more than 80 per cent of their costs.