Parachute jump raises cash for children’s ward

Max Ward, during his skydive. Picture: Skydive Hibaldstow.
Max Ward, during his skydive. Picture: Skydive Hibaldstow.

A children’s sports coach has raised hundreds of pounds for the children’s ward at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital through a sponsored skydive.

Max Ward, 22, head coach at The Bears Coaching, recently completed the 15,000ft tandem jump to buy apnea alarms for the department.

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious disorder in which breathing is interrupted during sleep. Alarms are used to signal when a baby has stopped breathing.

Max has so far raised £647 for his cause through the skydive, which he completed at Skydive Hibaldstow, in North Lincolnshire.

The height of 15,000ft is the highest dive height allowed in the UK without oxygen.

“I have never done anything like it,” he said. “The dive was absolutely amazing – definitely one of the best things I have ever done.”

Max, a former pupil at Stickney’s William Lovell CofE Academy, founded The Bears Coaching last year.

It is a multi-sports coaching company working in the Boston area for children between the ages of three and 16. Its aim is to give all young people a chance to take part in sport.

Ahead of his jump, Max said he wanted to find a cause that would ‘help the children of this community’, something he said The Bears Coaching already do in keeping them active and healthy.

Of the sum raised, he said he was ‘very, very pleased’.

Margaret Goodley, children’s ward sister, said: “The children’s ward is very lucky to have people raising money for medical equipment. Apnoea alarms are very useful pieces of medical equipment.

“A sensor is attached to the baby’s tummy which triggers an alarm in the equipment should the baby stop breathing.

“They can also provide reassurance to parents too, that they also will be alerted should the baby stop breathing.”