15 Oct 2013

Tandem parachute jump raises more than £5,000 for Ickle Pickles

People raising money for Ickle PicklesEarlier this summer we featured an article about Lorraine Blackburn who was willing to jump out of a plane to raise money for Ickle Pickles.

A charity dedicated to caring for very small and sick babies, Ickle Pickles turns gifts and donations into specialised equipment such as incubators and ventilators to help Neonatal units provide incredible levels of care.

Unfortunately, Lorraine was unable to do the tandem parachute jump but a fellow fundraising events supporter, Lindsay Garland, stepped in to save the day.

We caught up with Lindsay to see how it all went. Here’s what she had to say:

“The experience was truly one of the most amazing things I have ever done. Doing such a crazy/stupid/brave thing would never have been something I would have considered had I not been asked to do it on behalf of an amazing cause but I'm so glad that I did.”

“The whole experience, from seeing the gorgeous views out of the plane on the way up, the anticipation sitting at the plane door ready to go (it's only seconds) through to free falling thousands of feet through the sky at many miles per hour and that very sweet moment when the parachute is deployed and you get to enjoy the ride was something that I am still on a high from two days later!”

Impressive amount

The parachute jump managed to raise more than £5,000, of which £2,825 was raised through MyDonate. With Gift Aid collected by MyDonate, this has been boosted to an impressive sum of £3,415.

She said: “Everybody has been ridiculously generous when I have explained about the work that Ickle Pickles do and why I personally was willing to throw myself out of a plane to support the cause.”

Lorraine believes the event was a huge success.

She said: “Its also down to the fantastic people that are willing to do these crazy events with us to help us raise these amazing totals. We are very lucky with the amazing support we receive!”

The money will be spent on purchasing Phototherapy Lights for the Queen Alexandra Neonatal Unit in Cosham, Portsmouth, and for equipment in the upcoming newly built express suite at the Princess Anne Neonatal Unit in Southampton.

View the charity’s fundraising page

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