Superhero nurse taking on her biggest challenge

Laura Jack, a nurse in the High Dependency Unit at the Royal Alex, is one of twelve nurses raising money for Rockinghorse by taking part in our Superhero abseil from the British Airways i360 in September.

Laura, from Rottingdean, has been involved with the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton for her whole life. Not only has she worked on the High Dependency Unit (HDU) for two years, but she is one of triplets who were born at the hospital and cared for in the Trevor Mann Baby Unit for the first eight weeks of their lives.

Laura with Natasha and Kirstie

This experience means that Laura knows only too well the importance of the hospital for children and their families throughout Sussex and was really keen to give something back; “My sisters and I were nine weeks premature and only weighed between three and four pounds when we were born. We were helped with feeding and were jaundice and needed oxygen, but we were looked after so well and where able to go home with no long-term health problems.”

As I got older, I always wanted to work with children and being poorly as a baby certainly had an impact on my decision to train as a paediatric nurse. So, after I trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital, I moved to the Alex and have been working here since 2018. I really love what I do, especially getting to know the children and their families and seeing them get better and go home – it’s so lovely to see that end result.”

 

 

First-hand experience

Laura with her mum Tania

Laura decided to take part in the iDrop challenge after seeing first-hand how Rockinghorse helps the hospital; “Working on HDU you see exactly how much equipment Rockinghorse has provided us with and I wanted to support their work. I have never done any fund raising before but I’m really proud to have raised over £1,300 so far and it’s wonderful to be able to see exactly where the money will be going.”

The iDrop, operated by Wire and Sky, will see Laura and her fellow fundraisers lowered from the open pod doors 450ft above Brighton seafront, taking in the spectacular 360-degree views, before gently gliding back down to earth.

A welcome back

This event will be the first opportunity since March that Rockinghorse has been able to host a fundraising event and the fact that 12 of those taking part are nurses working at the Royal Alex makes it even more special.

Lucy Pond, Challenge Events Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse explains more: “The last few months have been challenging for all charities, and we are certainly no exception. It’s been a long wait, but we are so excited to be able to organise our first challenge event for six months and we haven’t been disappointed with the amount of people who have wanted to get involved.

We have so many wonderful supporters who are willing to go above and beyond to help us but the fact that we have 12 nurses signed up this time is amazing! They see the impact of the work that we do first-hand and despite their demanding jobs, they still want to challenge themselves and support us.”

The superhero themed iDrop will be taking place on Saturday 12 September from 7.00am with 23 participants taking part. And if you have missed out on signing up for this one, the charity has another abseil taking place from the British Airways i360 on 16 October at 6.00pm.

With just a £50 registration fee and a minimum sponsorship of £250, it’s chance in a lifetime to get involved in this unique event. For more information click here or to sign up, contact events@rockinghorse.org.uk, call Rockinghorse on: 01273 330044 or take a look at the Rockinghorse website at: www.rockinghorse.org.uk/events.

 

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