Ben set to face fear of heights for charity skydive

John Kane

John Kane - Credit: Archant

A fund-raiser will take a leap of faith on Sunday to raise vital funds for the Special Care Baby Unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

Ben Cornwell, who spent time in a special care baby unit as an infant.

Ben Cornwell, who spent time in a special care baby unit as an infant. - Credit: Archant

Ben Cornwell, 29, from Russell Street, in St Ives, is taking on a sky dive in memory of his friend’s daughter, Olivia Kane.

Olivia died at the hospital after nine days of being on a life support machine on March 18, 2005.

Since then her dad, John, 65, from Pound Close, Hail Weston, has been on a mission to raise money for the unit that helps dozens of babies each year.

“Ben was kind enough to step in as I am afraid of heights and he has always wanted to do one,” said John.

The jump is also important for Ben as he spent time in the special care baby unit after he was born.

Ben added: “I am nervous, excited and impatient. However most I’m thankful that I was given this opportunity to give back something to the unit that saved my life.”

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So far John is a third of the way to his £3,000 target through the help of friends, family and businesses in the area.

“All the help that people have given me so far is much appreciated,” said John.

Ben hopes that if he completes the jump in Wisbech it will help him to combat his fear of heights.

John has also set up a charity auction on Ebay which will include a host of football shirts signed by star players.

“I have managed to get a signed England shirt, Queens Park Rangers shirt and a shirt signed by the Arsenal winning FA Cup team,” said John.

The retired father has also managed to get golf days and afternoon tea vouchers.

“All the money we raise will go to the baby unit at the hospital and any leftover will go to other special baby care units.”