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CHARITY SKYDIVE (YOUNG AT HEART)

Event date: 24th September 2022


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December 2008 was when my incredible cousin Abbigail was born. Even though I was too young to understand everything back then, I knew that abbie was going to be the closest thing I could get to a little sister. I don’t tell her this as much I should but I would do anything for this girl and protect her till the day i die.

But abbie is no ordinary girl, she’s a definition of a super hero. She’s an amazing daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and a great friend to everyone she has ever met. Abbie has faced challenges we could only see in our nightmares and she’s only 13. She doesn’t know her strength at all, but then again the best super hero’s never do.

we knew nothing before she was born until she was 3 days old and the doctor picked up a heart murmer, which my auntie and uncle were then sent to our local hospital and had to stay over night. The next day they were rushed to Birmingham Children's Hospital in an ambulance, and there our whole world fell appart as the doctor sat them down and told them that Abbie had a rare congenital heart defect (CHD) , Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and she needed major heart surgery straight away to survive.

Fast forward 13 years abbie has now undergone 3 open heart surgeries and had 8 general anaesthetics and We are now preparing for her 4th open heart surgery which will happen this year.

Although I only see these challenges she faces, us as her family see how brave she really is. Although we can only shower her in support. There’s not a lot we can do physically unless we train for years and years to be the next best cardiovascular surgeon or doctor. But the one thing we can do is help them! We can help them by donating money for research and equipment and that’s just one of the things ‘young at heart’ provides.

Young at heart are a charity that support families and children under the care at Birmingham children’s hospital’s amazing cardiac team. They provide support, social events, equipment and most importantly a voice in the future at Birmingham Children’s hospital specifically in cardiac care.

Abbie is not the only child born with a heart defect, she is only 1 in thousands across the uk and nationally. It is fortune that here in England we can gain incredible support from our nhs but unfortunately it will never be enough. It’s never just the huge open heart surgeries it’s also the continuous checkups, the scans, the talks, the medication and most of all the constant praying on the unknown or the what ifs.

Young at heart are essential to families like Abbie’s as they reassure them that there’s hope and that they are not alone. Due the social events provided these allow families to meet and create stable networks for each other, it creates a safe space for Conversation, support and growth. Without young at heart my cousin wouldn’t be provided with as many opportunities for growing her confidence and realising her true potential.

It’s crucial that we keep the funding going to support this beautiful charity, so they can support families and children just like Abbie, and they can help them see the silver lining at the end of the brutal storm.

I remember admitting at the start of this I would do anything for that girl. Well Abbie, when I made that promise I didn’t know 13 years later you would be laughing your head off at me and daddy falling out of a plane at 130mph. But this is for you babe, and to prove that you can do anything you dream of.

I know this next operation is going to be terribly scary and I can’t imagine what your feeling right now. I cant compare this skydive to what your about to go through, but if you may know I’m terrified to do this but if it helps prove to you that sometimes stepping into the scary and unknown will allow you to leave with life changing outcomes then let’s do it kiddo!

Please please donate and share and help as much as you can so we can help more families and also give Abbie the laugh of watching her cousin and dad poo themselves 15000ft in the air.

If you can be brave Abbie I will be too x


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