JUMPING 10,000ft out of a plane to raise money for charity is certainly the daredevil way to spend your 21st birthday.
That’s exactly what mum Emily-Rose Hodgson, from Portchester, intends to do.
Inspired by the care she received two years when she gave birth prematurely to daughter Carly-Rose, Emily-Rose wants to raise £600 to say thank you to the neonatal unit at Southampton General Hospital.
She said: ‘I have never done anything this extreme. It’s the first time. I am quite scared but once I get up there I’m going to have to go for it.’
She is fundraising for the neonatal ward at Princess Anne Hospital.
Her daughter Carly-Rose, who is now two, was born in December 2010 and spent seven months in there.
Emily had gone to the hospital for a scan, which showed that Carly-Rose was struggling inside the womb.
She had to have an emergency Caesarean and Carly-Rose was born weighing a tiny 3lb 14oz.
She also had a severe medical condition called gastroschisis, which meant a long stay in intensive care.
Emily said; ‘Carly-Rose didn’t come home until she was seven months old. It was a very difficult time. Now she is better, I want to do this to give something back.
‘The neonatal ward has a wish-list of equipment they would like, such as specialist cots and lamps, so my target is £600. I hope they will be able to buy something with that. I feel like I owe them.’
Emily is doing her tandem skydive on Friday, May 10, at Go Skydive in Salisbury.
She will be cheered on by her fiancee John Parham, a dispensing optician, who will be looking after Carly-Rose and her sister Annabella, who is eight months old.
Emily said: ‘It would make me feel so good to beat my target, knowing that I’ve done something to help.
‘It’s not only my daughter they have helped. At the same time my cousin’s baby Ruby was in there. My younger brother Harvey spent time there too. It’s a wonderful place and they help so many, not just me and my family but thousands of others too.’
For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a donation go to justgiving.com/emily-rose-hodgson