Resident Jane Docherty organised a charity event in her own back garden on May 26, climbing 26,000 step ups and raising money for Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care (COSMIC).
Jane and her partner Cos were meant to climb Ben Nevis but due to COVID-19 they had to postpone their trip and look for an alternative way to raise money.
Jane says her family owes everything to COSMIC as they saved her niece’s life. She said:
“My little niece Pearl unfortunately had to go there last year, after been put into induced coma, her lungs collapsed in Watford General and she was rushed into St Mary’s intensive care.
“As far as we’re concerned as a family, they saved her life. She was only one in October and she was there in November, so she was a tiny baby. It was a really horrible time for our family, the work they do is priceless and it’s all funded by charity, they don’t get any government funding.
“Not only did they look after Pearl but they also provided hotel accommodation for my sister Laura and my brother in law Lewis, which was so important being far from home and being unable to stay in the PCIU itself.”
Jane had to do the challenge by herself as her partner Cos is a key worker and was working. With the help of her children Danny (10) and Isabella (7) she completed the challenge.
Speaking about the day she added: “It was way harder than I thought, it was very hot and I got burnt, it took me nearly five hours to complete it.
“It was amazing, my little boy Danny had my map set up and my phone on the tripod, we were going live on Facebook and I genuinely believe that just by him doing this it got us more donations.
“He was interviewing me, giving people updates on the weather forecast in Garston, he also organised the countdown for the last ten steps, it was a great day. Isabella was mainly in charge of getting me wet.
“So far we raised about £1600 but the fundraiser is still open and I’ll be doing more charity events as soon as we’re out of lockdown.”
To help Jane reach her target of £2600 donate here justgiving.com/fundraising/janecosbnchallenge