Mum’s big leap to help hospital

Baby Jensen recovering in Birmingham Children's Hospital NNL-170302-142140001
Baby Jensen recovering in Birmingham Children's Hospital NNL-170302-142140001

Birmingham Children’s Hospital has a special place in many families’ hearts and one Lutterworth mum is ready to show her thanks by stepping out of a plane.

Jessica Boulton’s giant leap will be a sponsored tandem skydive at Peterborough at the end of June.

It’s not something she’s done before but she said she was happy to do it for “a charity very close to our hearts”.

She added: “As our son was born with craniofacial-craniosynotosis, basically causing the bones in his skull to fuse to early, he needed a life-saving operation when he was just a one year old.

“The operation involved reshaping of the forehead in order to release pressure.

“The care we received from all the staff was amazing and the skydive is my way of saying thank you.”

Baby Jensen’s operation took place in November 2013 and he’s now four and at nursery - and Jessica says he is always happy in whatever he goes through.

She added: “We’re still busy in and out of hospital but it’s slowed down a bit so I said it’s the right time for me to do it and now it’s all become very real.

“That hospital is absolutely amazing, there’s something about it when you walk in.

“They are fantastic for children and so supportive for the family.

“For any child, being in hospital is a big thing and scary for adults but Birmingham Children’s Hospital is just excellent at everything they 
do.”

Jessica was born in St Cross Hospital in Rugby but grew up in Lutterworth and went to Lutterworth Grammar. She lives with her husband, Andrew, in Lutterworth.

In addition to the skydive she is also planning a fundraising event at Karter’s cafe in Lutterworth on March 26.

If you want to sponsor her skydive, go to: www.doitforcharity.com/JBOULTON

As the day draws closer she admits to being both excited and nervous – and in terms of Andrew’s feelings: “He said I’m mad but he’s proud of me and fully supportive.”