A NURSERY worker is gearing up to jump out of a plane to raise money for charity on behalf of a baby boy who suffered from meningitis.
Child care assistant Robyn McGreary, 21, who works at Building Blocks Kindergarten, in Exeter Street, Bourne, is looking forward to her fundraising skydive for Meningitis UK which will take place at Sibson Airfield near Peterborough on September 17.
Robyn, of Chestnut Way, Market Deeping, was inspired to do it by 10-month-old Lewis Bull who has beaten the potentially fatal disease. He attends the nursery, where his mum Victoria Bull also works.
Robyn is looking forward to it and said: “I am not scared at all, just really excited.”
She is aiming to raise more than £200 for the charity and hopes people will support her. Robyn said: “I’ve always wanted to do one and I thought what better cause to do it for.”
Billy and Victoria Bull, of Broadway Close, Bourne, have been raising awareness of meningitis since Lewis recovered, and the nursery has been supporting them in their plight.
Lewis did not have the usual distinctive rash symptom associated with the disease and was treated in Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.
His parents were unable to hold or comfort Lewis as he screamed due to the pain caused by pneumococcal meningitis, which causes the layers which surround the brain and spinal cord to become infected.
Lewis suffered a cold in the week before the meningitis struck, on May 12.
But more than two months on, he has seen off the disease and is back to his normal happy self.
Building Blocks has held different events to raise awareness of the condition, including one on Saturday which was a fun day organised by its ‘2 Cool 4 School’ club. It included stalls, games, a tombola and a raffle.
School club team leader Jemma Harby said it went really well and raised £450 for charity.
She said: “We wanted to show our support and had a good turnout from people.
“Funds will be split between the paediatric intensive care unit at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and the Sick Children’s Trust.
“We are really grateful to everyone who came and businesses who donated items for our raffle.”
Other events have included a cake stall and games, raising about £100 for the Sick Child Trust and the Meningitis Trust. All causes have helped the Bull family during Lewis’s battle against the disease.
Anyone who would like to sponsor Robyn can call the nursery on 01778 422221.