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Sky High to Help Babies

Newsdate: 21 December 2011

When Alex Winstanley decided to raise funds for the Neo Natal Unit at Wigan’s Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, one dare devil idea came to mind. The Edge Hill university student, 19, arranged a charity sky dive at Black Knights Parachute Centre in Cockerham in November, to raise funds for the unit. Alex, along with his sister, were both previous patients of the Neo Natal Unit when they were both born. Alex was born 14 weeks premature, and spent 10 weeks in the unit, which was then based at Billinge Hospital. Pictured in the photo from left to right: Lynsey Barbour Wharmby (Staff Nurse) ,Alison Kurfurst (Sister), Alex Winstanley, Lauren Bird (Staff Nurse) and Vicky Gordon (Staff Nurse)

Alex raised just under £600, through friends and family sponsoring him. Along with his university friends, staff from the hospital and the Under 12’s team at Wigan St. Patrick’s ARLFC who he helps to coach, also donated money to the cause.

Alex said of the actual sky dive; “I have to be honest and say I have never been more scared of doing something, especially when I was up in the plane and the doors opened! I had to watch three other people take their turns and jump. It was pretty weird to watch them disappear, which just increased the anticipation. However, it was the most indescribable feeling I’ve ever felt. It was absolutely brilliant and I would probably do it again, just not for a while! The Neo Natal Unit here at Wigan is really close to the hearts of me and my family, and I wanted to give something back to the unit who helped both me and my sister, when we were babies.”

Pictured in the photo above from left to right: Lynsey Barbour Wharmby (Staff Nurse) ,Alison Kurfurst (Sister), Alex Winstanley, Lauren Bird (Staff Nurse) and Vicky Gordon (Staff Nurse).

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