21 Jul 2015

Friends of PICU skydive for critically ill children

Baby and skydive

The sky’s the limit for 22 plucky skydivers this September as they take on a 10-15,000 feet freefall plunge for charity.

It’s all in aid of raising funds for the Friends of PICU (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit), a small charity that supports critically ill children at Southampton University Hospital.

Mark Hilder, secretary and operations at Friends of PICU is organising the event.

“I’ve been asking all of our wonderful supporters if they would like to experience the thrill when leaving the plane, then the tranquillity, and embrace the adrenalin with a big smile on their faces.

“Having 22 people step forward is incredible and far supersedes our expectations of matching the previous day of ten skydivers.”

Life saving kit

Mark’s hoping the Salisbury sky dive will raise more than £10,000 which will be used to donate new life saving equipment and facilities to the children’s intensive care unit.

As well as raising money, the bigger goal is to heighten awareness of the charity’s work in supporting first class care and treatment to 900+ critically ill children every year, from across the South of England and the Channel Islands.

The financial contribution will provide immense support to future children and their families who will use the PICU.

Personal involvement

Some of the skydivers have a very personal involvement with PICU and want to say thank you to the unit, staff and the charity for support at such a difficult time in their lives.

Becci Wild, mum to 18 month old Arthur, explains why she is participating in the skydive.

“My beautiful son was diagnosed at six months with rare heart conditions which has led to three subsequent stays in PICU. We’ve seen first-hand how amazing this charity and unit is.

“That’s why I've decided to take part in this skydive, so that the charity and unit will continue to help save Arthur's life and hundreds of children that require critical care in the south.”

Easy to set up

Mark chose BT MyDonate in the interests of the charity and the fundraisers.

“The events are easy to set up and the reports on offer are simple and effective,” he says. “The layout is cheerful and colourful and therefore interesting.”

Mark wants to say a big thanks to everyone taking part and to those who have donated.

“There will be many emotions on the day and for some very personal challenges, for which Friends of PICU will be supporting you all the way.”

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