A daring mum will leap out of a plane to boost funds for the two hospitals which cared for her son - who was born 13 weeks premature.
Heather Bowers, of Somersfield Close, Burwell, has already raised half her £1,500 target, which will go towards the neo-natal units at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds and Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
The 38 year old spent several weeks at both hospitals with her husband, Phil, when their son, Julian, arrived prematurely last year, weighing just 2lbs 3oz.
“I was in hospital for a week before he arrived and he was taken straight to neo-natal intensive care, where he stayed for four weeks,” said Heather, who works for the National Trust.
“It was a very scary time because we didn’t know what was going to happen.
“Addenbrooke’s Hospital helped him survive, but West Suffolk Hospital was where we started to feel like parents for the first time because we could take him out of the incubator.
“The staff were amazing and so supportive. It was a really difficult time and they were very comforting to us, at the same time as looking after Julian.”
Brave Heather decided she wanted to give something back by taking part in a tandem skydive, at a height of more than 10,000ft, in the skies over Cambridgeshire on Saturday.
She said: “I want to do something that will challenge me and this will definitely do that because I don’t like heights or flying.
“Julian had to face such a challenge and managed to come through it.
“I want to help the units at both hospitals to carry on some of that work and help others, so that hopefully they can bring home their little babies as quickly as possible too.”
To sponsor Heather, visit www.justgiving.com/Heather-Bowers2 or www.justgiving.com/Heather-Bowers3.