Daring dad takes the plunge for charity

Daring dad takes the plunge for charity
02 February 2017

A daring dad whose baby spent nine weeks on the neo-natal ward at Queen’s Hospital raised £1,600 after taking the plunge for charity.
 
Paul Milner’s son Mason was 10 weeks premature and weighed just 2.2 lbs when he was born. He had severe breathing difficulties and required around the clock specialist care.

Luckily, little Mason is now 11-months-old and going from strength to strength. His proud parents Paul and Gemma, from Burton, wanted to give something back to the hospital to say ‘thank-you’ to medical staff for helping to save the tot’s life.

To show their appreciation to everyone involved in Mason’s care, Paul took part in a charity skydive which saw him jump 13,000 feet out of a plane. Gemma had bought Paul the experience for his fortieth birthday so that he could fulfil a long-time ambition.

The couple’s friends and family sponsored Paul’s adventurous jump and all money raised has been presented to the neo-natal unit so that other parents can be supported in the future.

Paul said: “Mason was on the neo-natal unit for nine weeks so it became something of a second home for us. We want other families who find themselves in a similar position to be as comfortable as possible during what is an extremely stressful and upsetting time.

"We can’t thank members of staff enough for what they’ve done for us, especially Doctor Oakley. The care that the team gave Mason was second to none - they are a special group of people.”

Senior Sister on the neo-natal ward Shelley Harrington added: “We’re really grateful to Paul and Gemma for thinking of us. It is wonderful to see Mason and to know that he is doing so well 11 months on.”

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