Jump from a plane anybody?
Whistling down from the clouds at almost 200 mph towards terra firma…even with a parachute, the thought makes us all kind of wobbly.
So, when our lettings administrator Gill Davies told us she was booked in for a skydive, naturally, we were impressed…but we knew Gill wasn’t an adrenaline junky and hated heights. Why was she doing it then?
Gill’s jump is for the love of her daughter Caitlin, who was sadly born with a serious, and at times life threatening heart condition.
“We didn’t know there was any problem with her heart, until a couple of hours after she was born. She became blue and lifeless and was rushed to the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU). After a few hours, we were told that she had a life-threatening heart condition…”
Caitlin was diagnosed with Pulmonary Atresia with a Ventricular Septal Defect, and without emergency surgery, which she endured at just 10 days old – would have lost her life. We can only imagine the raw fear Gill and her partner must have felt.
The first couple of years of Caitlin’s life were extremely turbulent, spent in and out of hospital.
“Caitlin was often so unwell and tired that she didn’t even have the energy to play.”
At 2 years of age disaster stuck: her condition deteriorated. She was air lifted to the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London for another round of intensely worrying open-heart surgery. Caitlin is so young, and yet has suffered so much, but despite all, Gill says Caitlin is living her life to the fullest.
Caitlin is not out the woods yet, and will need more surgeries in the future. However, her family will always be by her side and Gill is determined to stay positive.
“Caitlin has overcome so many challenges in her life that I feel that I should also take on a challenge. I have always had a huge fear of heights, so I am hoping that I will be able to overcome this fear, by jumping out of a plane!”
With her daughter in mind Gill is undertaking a charity skydive for the British Heart Foundation. The goal is to raise £800 for a charity, which to Gill’s family has been a port in the storm.
Gill is petrified of her jump, taking place on the 2nd July, but hopes she’ll enjoy it.
At Helmores we’re a family ourselves, and ready to support Gill in any way we can. If you can spare a little, and would like to help too – please find a link to Gill’s ‘Just Giving’ page below – every penny is worth it: