A Dudley Council worker is going above and beyond to raise money for her son who has cystic fibrosis by running up the stairs of a landmark tower.

Nicola Monckton will join a group of five colleagues to run up 658 steps in the Beetham Tower in Birmingham city centre.

Nicola, from Oldbury, works in the council’s human resources section and will be raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Her own son George, aged two, was born with cystic fibrosis, and Nicola and her colleagues will be hoping to raise as much money as they can from the Tower Run on February 24.

Nicola Monckton, principal HR officer, said:

“George is a gorgeous, cheeky, outgoing, mischievous little chap and we want to do everything we can to fund research which will prolong his life. I hope lots of local people also sign up to the run.”

George was born in August 2010 and was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at three weeks old. In spite of close attention from Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Sandwell General Hospital at four months old he weighed just 8lb.

The Beetham Tower, known locally as the Radisson BLU hotel which occupies part of it, is a massive 39 storeys high.

Councillor Gaye Partridge, cabinet member for human resources, added:

“I wish the team all the success in what is sure to be a very tough challenge.

“I would urge people to give what they can to this very worthwhile cause which will help fund research and support for the people who have cystic fibrosis and the families who care for them.”

People can sponsor Nicola and her colleagues by calling 01384 812528 oremail Nicola.Monckton@dudley.gov.uk