Fundraising parachute to end fear of heights

JPCT 10-08-12 S12320051X Nicki Bridge is doing a tandem parachute with her husband on the 25th August for Great Ormond Street Hospital.'Her friend's daughter, Kira, (pictured on left) has been under their care since she was five. -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 10-08-12 S12320051X Nicki Bridge is doing a tandem parachute with her husband on the 25th August for Great Ormond Street Hospital.'Her friend's daughter, Kira, (pictured on left) has been under their care since she was five. -photo by Steve Cobb

A girl who has been in and out of hospital for five years has inspired a woman with a fear of heights to do a parachute jump for charity.

13-year-old Kira Chambers, of Longfield Road, Horsham, was diagnosed with displaced hips as a toddler and had five operations including two major surgeries at Great Ormond Street Hospital between the ages of six and 11.

A friend, Nicki Bridge, 41, of Deer Way, has been inspired by Kira’s positive attitude and opted to do a parachute jump on August 25 for the hospital that’s given Kira the ability to walk.

Kira said: “I would be in hospital for two to six weeks each time. Once I had a full leg cast from my hips to my ankles so I was bed bound for six weeks.

“Sometimes I got really bored but the hospital had loads of entertainment. Once Johnny Depp came in, I didn’t get to meet him but I met a famous England football manager.

“When Nicki told me she was doing the jump I was like ‘what? Are you crazy?’ I couldn’t believe she was going to do that and I felt so happy that she was doing it for such a good cause.”

Nicki has always been afraid of heights but has pushed herself to high places in the past in the hope that it will cure her fear.

“I am scared stiff of heights and edges. I did the easy walk of Mount Snowdon and got half way up before I freaked out.”

Although the hospital has improved Kira’s ability to walk she still suffers from her condition. “It is really frustrating, especially on school trips, because my muscles get tired when I walk long distances so I have to take my wheelchair. I pushed myself half way round London on our last school trip!”

Kira’s family hosted a vintage tea party with 80 guests at their house on Sunday (August 12) which raised £955 but Nicki hopes to raise at least £1800.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/nicki-bridge0