The father of an 18-month-old boy with a heart condition will be facing his fear of heights by doing a skydive to raise cash for the charity which has helped his son.
Eastbourne dad Ev Green will do the tandem parachute jump on Saturday (August 1) to raise money for the Evelina Children’s Heart Orgnisation (ECHO), which supports hundreds of families each year who have children born with congenital heart disease.
Ev will take to the skies with his good friend Steve Martin and the air have already raised more than £1,700 but are calling on the public to help them raise even more.
Ev said, “My story starts at the Evelina on February 14, 2014, when minutes after my son Arthur was born, he was rushed into intensive care where he spent the first few weeks of his life.
“Arthur was not well, in fact he was very poorly. He was born with four heart defects. Simply put, Arthur’s heart was not in a good way and, without life saving surgery within the first few days of his life, he would certainly not be here today.”
Arthur had his first heart operation at three days old and then at three weeks old he had open heart surgery.
At the beginning of April Arthur was well enough to finally get home, and began to enjoy normal family life. He still has regular appointments and scans at the Evelina, and in April this year the family had some good news.
Ev said, “His latest scan showed his VSDs had reduced in size, so much so that they were confident he can have the PA band removed. This is the best news we could of hoped for as this would be done by catheter, and not more major surgery that we were expecting.”
Arthur is having the procedure done the just days after his dad plans to jump from an aeroplane.
Ev says the charity is so close to his heart and has helped the family every step of the way.
Ev said, “My wife and I found out there were heart problems at the 20 week scan, and from that day we were taken under the care of ECHO. Their support means so much to us, from the specialised antenatal class, to when he was in hospital, and to the present day, they’ve been with us every step of the way.
“That is why I’ve decided, with my good friend Steve, to do a charity skydive to raise as much money as I can to help this wonderful charity.”
But the challenge is made all the more difficult by Ev’s fear of heights.
He told the Herald, “My biggest fear is heights, and everyone who knows me knows I can’t even look up without shaking, so this will be a major achievement for me.
“I have also agreed to pay for the jump myself, so every penny I raise will go straight to the charity.
“ECHO needs your money to not only provide information, friendship, and moral support to families like mine, but also to supply equipment to the hospital which will improve the patient and family experience both there and at home. Congenital heart defects kill more babies and children each year than any other defect or illness, so this is important not just for my children, but for their children, and every child born after that.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/ev-green to donate.
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