An Irchester mum whose baby daughter died when she was just five days old has raised nearly £2,000 by doing a sponsored skydive.
Kayleigh Roberts undertook the skydive at Hinton Skydiving Centre on Saturday, July 23, to raise funds for Action Medical Research and Alder Hey Children’s Charity in memory of little Jessica-Faith, who was born in September 2009, six weeks early and weighing just 4lbs 13oz.
Jessica-Faith contracted necrotising enterocolitis (NEC), a devastating bowel disorder that mainly strikes premature babies, and passed away when she was just five days old.
Kayeigh said: “I would love to raise awareness of necrotising enterocolitis and help others leave the hospitals with healthy babies.
“I believe that, if frequent blood tests were taken, or there was research for a new test that can be done to prevent this for premature infants, maybe at an earlier stage, then more mothers would be able to take their babies home.”
Kayleigh and her partner Robert Jones are also hosting a ball at Kettering Park Hotel and Spa on Saturday, November 19, in aid of Action Medical Research to help fund research to save and change children’s lives in the future.
To support Kayleigh’s fundraising and to read more of her story, visit action.org.uk/sponsor/jessicafaith.
To donate raffle prizes or offer sponsorship for the ball call Kayleigh on 07960 860658.
For tickets visit action.org.uk/jessica-faith.