Northampton parents Denise and Iain Page’s year of fundraising is off to a flying start following a charity skydive to help the hospital that saved their daughter’s life.
The couple have set themselves an ambitious target of raising £40,000 for a new ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine for Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.
Medics there used the state-of-art equipment to treat their daughter Willow after she suffered three heart attacks and a stroke when she was just 13 months old.
The ECMO machine acted as an artificial lung and heart to oxygenate the blood outside the tot’s body, allowing Willow’s heart to rest and recover
Denise and Iain’s first major event was a skydive, which saw them jump out of a plane from 13,000ft at Sibson Airfield in Peterborough.
The jump itself was funded by housebuilder Redrow so that all sponsorship raised could go to the couple’s fundraising appeal Willow’s Mountain.
For Denise, who’s scared of heights, the skydive was a real leap of faith.
“I’m petrified of heights but really pleased I faced my fear. Ian jumped two hours before me so I knew there was no way I could back out. I just kept thinking that we were doing it for Willow and to raise money to help other children,” she says.
“It was an absolutely amazing experience and really boosted our fundraising. We’re extremely grateful to everyone for their support, especially Redrow for funding the cost of the jumps so that all of the money raised will go to the charity.”
Before the jump they’d raised around £3,000 and following their daredevil stunt the total now stands at more than £5,800.
Tonia Tyler, a childhood friend of Denise’s and head of sales for Northampton-based Redrow Homes (South Midlands), says: “Friendship’s about being there for each other and I’m delighted that Redrow were able to help me support one of my oldest friends. I watched from the ground with pride as Iain and Denise jumped out of the plane. I’m proud of Denise for facing her fears.”
As they continue to work towards their target of raising £40,000 in a year, the couple are busy planning further fundraisers. After plunging 13,000 feet from a plane, adrenaline junkie Iain’s set his sights on abseiling 418 feet down the National Lift Tower in Northampton.
As a grand finale to their fundraising, Iain is planning to climb Mount Toubkal in Morocco, the highest peak in North Africa at 4,167 metres, next summer.
Meanwhile Denise will be keeping her feet on the ground organising bag packing at local supermarkets, a car boot sale and is appealing for donations for a charity auction.
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