A Northampton mother who vowed to do anything for her daughter is tackling her fear of heights to raise money for the hospital that saved her.
In July this year, at just 13 months old, Willow Page suffered three heart attacks and a stroke while fighting a virus which affected her heart.
She was initially admitted to Northampton General Hospital and later transferred to Glenfield Hospital, in Leicester, where she was put on a extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine. The ECMO acted as an artificial lung and heart and let Willow’s heart rest, allowing her to recover.
Now, parents Denise and Iain Page, of Spinney Hill, aim to raise £40,000 for the hospital where she was treated. Their first fund-raiser is a 13,000ft skydive on Saturday. Desperately frightened of heights, Mrs Page has set herself a huge challenge.
She said: “I am absolutely petrified of heights but when Willow was in hospital we said we would do anything for her and this is my way of doing that. Iain has always wanted to skydive so he will be doing it solo but for the time being I’m trying not to think about it.”
Since launching their campaign four weeks ago, the couple have raised £3,500.
Denise and Iain Page’s first major fund-raising event will be a skydive from 13,000ft at Sibson Airfield in Peterborough on Saturday. Housebuilder Redrow is funding the cost of the skydive so that all sponsorship raised by the couple will go directly to their appeal, Willow’s Mountain. To find out more about Willow’s story and contribute to the £40,000 appeal see www.willowsmountain.org.uk/ To sponsor Ian and Denise, visit www.justgiving.com/willowsmountain