A MUM and daughter are facing their fears to skydive in memory of their beloved pet that they rescued from captivity.

Sharon Turner, 53, and daughter Gaby gave Sherman a new home five years ago after he was found abandoned while underweight and suffering with a string of injuries and rotting teeth.

Sherman is believed to have been a former champion racehorse in Ireland before he was brought to the UK and dumped.

He passed away in August following a battle with cancer - leaving the Turners heartbroken.

Sharon explained: “I got Sherman in October 2017 from a yard after he was dumped there.

“When I first saw him he was severely underweight and had many open wounds and I knew that taking him on would be a long and hard journey.

“Over the five years, he came on leaps and bounds. He was surrounded with so much love and given the home that he needed.

“For a horse who went through so many hard times, he was still the most gentle and loving animal I have ever met. He always knew how to put a smile on everyone's face.”

Sharon, Gaby and other members of the West Kilbride family are now launching themselves from a plane to raise vital funds for the SSPCA, who helped rescue their beloved pet.

She said: “He was diagnosed with cancer and only survived 24 hours before passing away.

“He left so many memories behind and he taught us that we can overcome any challenge. He really was one in a million.

“Doing something for a great cause in his memory is very fitting because many more animals will suffer without people like the SSPCA.

“It's a great cause."

Sharon is urging people to get behind her fundraiser so that the charity can keep helping animals in need.

She added: “The charity saved our Sherman, and with this fundraiser I hope to help many more animals be shown the same love as he was.

“We contacted the SSPCA to tell them what we were doing and they were delighted. Every single penny will go towards supporting their amazing work.

“We want to do the skydive in memory of him and so many more brave animals like him he need a home. We only wish that he was still here with us today.”

You can donate to the fundraiser at www.gofundme.com/f/sherman-memorial-fund