Jumping out of a plane for your 70th birthday isn’t the most common way people think of celebrating this milestone, but grandmother of two Pam Hawker is proving that you’re never too old to discover your inner daredevil! Pam, from Portland in Dorset will be taking the 10,000ft plunge on 21st August with her family watching on from the ground. As well as her birthday celebrations, she has signed up to support The Forever Friends Appeal to raise funds for the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU) at the Royal United Hospital, who cared for her twin granddaughters after they were born prematurely in 2013.
Pam explains: “When my beautiful granddaughters, Morwenna and Elowen were born early they needed special care and attention on NICU, as well as my daughter Marie. The team of doctors, nurses and support staff made such a difference to our family, at such a difficult time and we are so grateful for everything they’ve done – at the time we called them our ‘angels’, and we will always think of them that way.
The girls are now bright and bubbly three year olds and we’re so happy they’re here. So I’ve decided to take on this skydive not only to celebrate my 70th , but also to celebrate their health and thank
NICU for everything they’ve done.
I’ve never skydived or done anything like this before so it’s a pretty big deal for me and my friends and family. I can’t wait! ”
At the Royal United Hospital in Bath one in ten babies are born too small, too sick or too soon and therefore need additional care. The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU) provides this type of care to around three hundred babies every year. These babies, who can fit in the palm of your hand or are too sick to survive on their own, need everything that modern technology can offer. This very Centre was 50% funded by The Forever Friends Appeal, the main fundraising charity for the Hospital, from charitable support as part of the NICU ‘space to grow’ Campaign and provides these premature babies with the best possible start in life. Charitable donations and support from people like Pam, continue provide state-of-the-art treatment and diagnostic equipment that helps staff deliver the best possible care to these fragile young lives.
If you would like to sponsor Pam and support special-care babies at the RUH, please visit her online fundraising page: crowdfunding.justgiving.com/pam-hawker
Pam is also fundraising for the Portland Coastwatch via an offline paper sponsorship form.