Denbigh resident to skydive in memory of friend's baby son


Dean Jones

A YOUNG mum is set to plunge to earth in memory of her friend's baby boy.

Elly Jade Allington, aged 20, of Colomendy, Denbigh, will make a tandem skydive jump in London to raise money for Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.

It is a cause that is close to her heart. The son of her close friend Tammy Thomson, Oliver-James Thomson Fernley, died at the hospital aged just four days in August 2012.

Elly, a receptionist at Gwyrch Medical Centre, said: "Oliver-James spent time of his short but extremely precious life at Alder Hey's Intensive Care Unit. Thankfully the staff were able to give his parents a few days to bond and unfortunately say goodbye to their gorgeous son.

"Oliver-James had a heart defect which could have been fixed with corrective surgery but as he was born prematurely this cause further problems and he unfortunately lost his life."

Elly, who has a two-year-old son, Louis, was keen to do something to remember Oliver-James and raising money for the hospital will also benefit countless families in the future.

She said: "Having a son myself this really hit home for me and I wanted to do something to help other families in a similar situation at the hospital.

"I wanted to do something that would really challenge me and even though it will be difficult it is nothing in comparison to what most children at the hospital have to deal with.

"This is the first time I have done something like this and I am really nervous, but if we can raise as much as possible then it will be worth it."

Oliver James' parents Tammy Thomson and John-Paul Fernley, formerly of Ruthin, are thrilled that Elly is going to be raising money in memory of their son.

Visiting Elly, Tammy said: "It is fantastic that Elly is doing this and I cannot thank her enough for her fundraising efforts so far.

"I am very proud to call her a friend and hope everybody gets behind her to raise as much money as possible."

The fundraising amount currently stands at more than £150 and Elly hopes to raise considerably more in the last month before the jump.

Elly added: "I set a target of £500 to begin with and it already looks like I am going to surpass that so I am delighted.

"I would like to thank everybody who has donated so far and hope to get plenty more donations by the time I take the jump."

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