18 Jun 2013

Skyfall – tandem parachute jump in aid of Ickle Pickles

Lorraine and Owen BlackburnLondon-based charity, Ickle Pickle’s ambassador Lorraine Blackburn, will be taking the plunge in a tandem parachute jump on 27th of July. Lorraine will be getting her adrenaline pumping while collecting money for sick babies requiring intensive or surgical care.

Lorraine, and her husband, Chris Blackburn’s story is a poignant one. Four years ago their son, Owen Mark Blackburn, was delivered by emergency caesarean section. At 26 weeks, he weighed just 1lb and 10oz. Highly specialised 24 hour medical care saw Owen make steady progress as he bravely battled on.

After some two months of improvements it was hoped Owen would come home to his mummy and daddy. He would need oxygen supply and continuous round-the-clock care.

However, in an unexpected turn of events it was discovered that Owen had stage two eye disease. This is a condition known as retinopathy of prematurity that only affects premature babies. An operation to save his eyesight was successful but this good news was not to last.

On Monday 21st September 2009, Owen’s health suddenly deteriorated. After just 20 minutes in the operating theatre it was discovered that Owen’s lower organs were dying. A blockage in his main artery had starved his liver and bowel of blood and oxygen.

Owen’s brave battle for life was coming to a premature end. Shortly afterwards at 16.45pm Owen passed away in his mum’s arms, just 12 weeks and four days since birth.

Since Owen passed away Lorraine and Chris have worked tirelessly to raise more than £90k in Owen’s memory for the Ickle Pickles charity. Lorraine is now an ambassador for Ickle Pickles and hopes the tandem parachute jump will help to raise vital funds.

Lorraine believes MyDonate is such a simple yet worthwhile way for people to sponsor their family and friends for an event they are participating in.

She said: “As a charity, donations pages play a key role in our fundraising event and allow the person taking part to express their reasons behind why they chose to support Ickle Pickles and why it means so much, and that in itself is invaluable.”

Lorraine’s MyDonate page can be found here:

https://mydonate.bt.com/events/tandemparachutejump2013/96913

Here is the profile page for Ickle Pickles:

https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/theicklepickleschildrenscharity





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