Skydive will help families of terminally ill children

Karen Guy hopes the fund-raising will help other children like her brother Brendan.
Karen Guy hopes the fund-raising will help other children like her brother Brendan.
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A FEAR of heights will not stop Karen Guy from sky-diving for a charity which could not be closer to her heart.

Karen, of Mill Close, Corby Glen, is trying to raise as much money as she can for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston, Sheffield, after witnessing the help on offer first-hand.

Karen’s adopted brother, two-year-old Brendan, regularly attends the hospice after being diagnosed with West Syndrome - a rare epileptic disorder which affects infants.

The money Karen raises will go towards the building of a new end-of-life care suite which will offer bereaved families a place to stay with their child in the immediate aftermath of their death.

Karen said: “I’m terrified of heights but I’m going to go through with it because the sad reality is that we are going to be in that suite in the not too distant future.

“Thankfully, there are not too many people who need to know about Bluebell Wood but for those that do it is a lifeline.”

Karen’s parents, Denise and James Currie, fostered Brendan as a baby before his condition had been diagnosed. The couple usually foster a baby before finding a “forever family” to adopt but in Brendan’s case they adopted him themselves.

Karen will be jumping along with 14 other people - many of them parents of terminally ill children or staff members - all aiming to raise money for Bluebell Wood.

Karen said: “It’s an absolutely amazing place. There’s so much love and happiness there and nothing is ever too much for them.”

Karen will sky-dive at Hibaldstow on July 1. If you would like to sponsor her, log on to www.justgiving.com/Karen-Guy