Louth lady Laura prepares to leap for the hospital that saved her son’s life

Laura Herdman with her son Oscar
Laura Herdman with her son Oscar

A 26-year-old Louth woman will take part in a sponsored skydive this summer to raise money for the hospital that saved her son’s life.

Laura Herdman, who has lived in Lee Street for the past two years, will be leaping out of a plane at 14,000 feet over Cark Airfield in Cumbria, just south of the beautiful Lake District, during the first weekend of August.

Laura’s jump will take place during a three-day fundraising event that has been organised by the Pendleside Hospice. However, Laura will be performing her skydive for a cause that is close to her heart. All the money she raises will go to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

In January 2011, the unit saved the life of her newborn son, Oscar, following a tough pregnancy fraught with complications.

Oscar was not breathing when he was born, and he was put into the care of the Neonatal ICU for over a week.

At three-weeks-old, Oscar was rushed back into the unit once again suffering with a severe case of bronchiolitis, where he spent another week.

Oscar’s illness nearly killed him, but thanks to the care of the unit his life was saved once again.

Thankfully, besides a few long-term effects of the health scares in the early stages of his life, Oscar is now an otherwise happy and healthy three-year-old child.

Laura said: “I have always wanted to do something to raise money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in King’s Lynn, as they often get overlooked in comparison to charities and other causes.

“Incubators like the one that Oscar was put in cost £35,000 each, and it’s the kind of thing where you don’t realise how important it is until you really need it.

“These machines are amazing, and it’s a cause that I hold close to me.”

“I decided to do the skydive because it’s something a bit extreme.

“My friend Stephen Steward has organised the entire skydiving part of the fundraising weekend for the Pendleside Hospice.

“He skydives pretty much every week, and has done around 400 overall. He will be doing the tandem skydive with me.”

Laura hopes that she will be able to raise £1,000 through her efforts. To sponsor her daring attempt, visit www.justgiving.com/Laura-Herdman.