Daredevils raise funds for neonatal unit at QA hospital

FRIENDS Luke Hallam, Darryl Saunders, Angela Fletcher, Fev Jones, Del Robinson and Jarrod Singh
FRIENDS Luke Hallam, Darryl Saunders, Angela Fletcher, Fev Jones, Del Robinson and Jarrod Singh

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A TEAM of 10 friends will dive head-first out of a plane, raising money for Queen Alexandra Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

The friends will take to the sky on Sunday, October 4, but ahead of the event they will be hosting other events to raise the much-needed cash to donate to the hospital.

During the August bank holiday, the group will host a fundraising day at the Swallow Pub, in Dunsbury Way, Havant. They will also hold a night of tribute bands in December at their local workman’s club in Leigh Park to help collect as much money as possible.

For one daredevil the jump holds a special place in her heart, as the hospital’s team worked tirelessly to help her family.

Angela Fletcher is taking part in the death-defying stunt in memory of her son Reggie and as a thank-you to his sister Hartley.

Angela and her husband had gone through the process of conceiving a child through IVF and were delighted when they found out that they would be having twins.

On December 22, Angela went into labour 10 weeks early. She could not praise the work of the doctors and nurses enough for helping her through such an emotional rollercoaster.

Angela said: ‘I cannot thank the staff of the neonatal intensive care unit enough. Without them we would have walked away without any babies.

‘I am doing the skydive and fundraising in memory of my son Reggie, who was born a sleeping angel and to say thank-you to his sister Hartley who is now seven months old. I’m not just doing it for my babies, but for all the other babies that the unit looks after, now and in the future.’

The group taking part in the skydive 
will also be donating funds to the Ports-mouth Hospitals Charity, which provides additional facilities and equipment for patients of the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS trust. All the money raised will not only help the neonatal unit, but will support the hospitals research programmes and innovation in healthcare.

Angela said: ‘The staff are fantastic and are with you every step of the way.’