Health visitor’s jump of a lifetime for charity

Date: 27 February 2018

A health visitor will be jumping into the unknown when she bravely takes on a skydive for charity next month.

Deborah Bain will be facing her biggest fear to raise money for Dreamflight, a UK charity which takes children with a serious illness or disability on the trip of a lifetime to Walt Disney World.

The trip is without parents and so the charity relies on doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and non-medical volunteers who care for the 192 children.

Deborah, who lives in Woolavington, said: “Last year I was fortunate enough to be involved with Dreamflight for the first time when I volunteered as a night nurse for the hotel stay the night before the children flew to Orlando.

“It was such a lovely experience and I was overwhelmed by the sheer organisation and dedication of all the volunteers involved.

“I really hate flying so this is a huge challenge for me but if the children can step out of their comfort zones by going away without their parents, then I thought I can step out of mine by jumping out of a plane.”

She’ll be taking her brave leap at Dunkerswell on 23 March, and has self-funded the jump so that all donations will go to the charity.

Deborah is also hoping to apply to go on the trip with the children to America this year – a place that holds a lot of special memories.

“I am a massive Disney fan and believe in the power of Pixie Dust,” she added.

“After completing my nursing degree, I went to work at Disney World and met my husband there.

“It was just so heart-warming every time you saw a child meet their favourite character and their faces lit up.

“This is so much more than a holiday for the children, a lot of the time this is the first time many of those children see that they are not alone and that there are other children out there like them.

“So to be able to be a part of this trip, seeing first-hand the impact these trips have on a child would be amazing.”

The total cost of the Dreamflight trip each year is in the region of £750,000, which breaks down to approximately £3,500 per child – all of which is funded solely by voluntary contributions.

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