A DAREDEVIL mother-of-two with multiple sclerosis will be walking on the wings of a plane thousands of feet in the air tomorrow to 'stick two fingers up' to her condition.
Cathy Ridge-Collins will take to the skies to raise more than £2,000 for the MS Society and show others with the condition that doing extraordinary things and living a normal life is possible.
The Headington woman first showed symptoms in 2006 and often experiences fatigue and nerve pain, although it comes and goes.
After a bad couple of months last year, her daughter Danielle, 24, decided the wing walk would be the perfect 40th birthday present.
Mrs Ridge-Collins said: "I did a tandem parachute jump in 2009 and I just wanted to put two fingers up to MS.
"I had a rough couple of months last year, my symptoms were raging and my life was really out of control - for my 40th birthday I wanted to prove that I could so something like this and my daughter found the wing-walk."
She added: "I'm back on track now and have something to focus on, I'm already harassing people for money.
"It would be great if it could show other people with MS and other disabilities that they can push their limits."
The wing-walk will be taking place in Essex tomorrow.
More than 100,000 people in the UK have MS, which is a neurological condition affecting the central nervous system and can lead to fatigue, vision problems and difficulties walking.
The assistant steward at St Antony's College woke up one morning in 2006 feeling numb from her hips to her toes.
It was initially put down to a brain infection until a year later she was unable to finish her shift at work due to intense vertigo and numbness.
The 40-year-old, who has two grown up children Danielle, 24 and Kurtis 21 and lives with her bus driver husband Gareth, has had to battle bouts of fatigue and faced many exhausted days but said her mindset had helped her through.
She said: "I definitely believe in a positive attitude, when my nurse diagnosed me at the age of 31 she said most people my age quit work and end up being bedbound or in a wheelchair within five years because they just give up.
"My life has changed, it's got smaller and I have had to stop doing certain things, but having a reason to get up and go to work has really helped."
Aside from inspiring others with her condition and other disabilities she wants to raise money for the MS Society, which supports thousands of MS sufferers in the UK and also drives research for new treatments.
To donate to Cathy's wing walk go to justgiving.com/fundraising/cathy-ridge-collins