A trio of West Herts NHS midwives are to swap screams of newborns for screams of exhilaration when they jump out of a plane to raise money for Raise the charity.
Ellie Kinson, Tasha Parsons and Isabella Luxton came up with the daredevil idea at the very start of the coronavirus pandemic:
“We stood outside while clapping for key workers and we thought ‘what more can we do to support our local hospitals?’. It was then we came up with the idea of a skydive,” Ellie told Raise.
The brave midwives, who are based at Watford General Hospital, plan to jump from the dizzy height of 15,000 feet in April 2021 and have so far raised more than 95% of their £2,000 target.
Ellie, who has been a student midwife with the Trust for one year, told Raise they’ve been blown away by the support received:
“Everyone at work has been amazing, contributing so much to our fundraising efforts. We have had many donations from our family and friends and lots of local businesses have donated prizes for various raffles we have been putting on. We have made a Facebook page for fun games which many people have participated in so far.”
Ellie added: “We have always wanted to do a skydive and we wanted to take the fundraising to the extreme and get everyone excited about our event. We also feel that the NHS has done so much for us and the least we could do is fall out of a plane for them.”
Sofia Sheikh, Raise Charity Director, said: “Throwing yourself out of a plane isn’t for the fainthearted, so we’re especially grateful to Ellie, Tasha and Isabella’s efforts to raise vital funds for Raise! The money will go a long way to boost staff morale at Watford General’s maternity unit, while providing high-quality maternity care for women during their pregnancy, labour and after the birth of their baby. Thank you!”
With a few months until the big jump, the midwives are wasting no time in preparing for the leap and have been busy fundraising with friends, family and colleagues all while carrying out their midwifery duties in challenging circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic.
To offer your support, please visit their JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/raisecharityskydive