Big Sister Raises Over £2,000 for Charity in Memory of Younger Brother
Thursday, June 14th, 2018
on behalf of Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity
THE SISTER of a boy who tragically passed away due to a rare medical condition celebrated her 18th birthday with a skydive in his memory.
Hannah Cockburn from Linlithgow, West Lothian, took part in a tandem skydive to raise funds for the PJ Foundation – a fundraising cause, named after her brother which supports the work of the children’s charity that cared for him.
By throwing herself 10,000 feet through the air, Hannah hoped to raise awareness about how Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity’s (ECHC) transforms the clinical environment for children in hospital, and treats them as a child first and patient second.
In just over a month, Hannah’s skydive has raised over £2,000 for the cause.
Hannah’s younger brother Paul James, who went by the name PJ, died aged just 12 after a lifelong battle with Short Bowel Syndrome.
Following a liver transplant at just 11 months old at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, PJ spent his childhood in good health until it suddenly deteriorated in early 2017, when he discovered that he would need a quadruple transplant to receive a new liver and an extra kidney to improve his bowel and pancreas.
But while on the transplant list, PJ’s condition worsened and doctors were unable to do anything to help his condition.
PJ spent his last few days at home in the company of his family, but during his life, he spent long periods of time at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) in Edinburgh, where he underwent many treatments and operations.
Hannah said: “ECHC deserves recognition for the incredible work they do in supporting both children and their families in hospital.
“We can’t express how grateful we are to the charity for how they lightened PJ’s spirits and put a smile on his face while he was at the hospital.
“He was so fond of the staff and loved taking part in the activities and games they put on for him and the other kids.
“We have ECHC to thank for the fact that PJ’s time at the RHSC was filled with positive experiences and good memories.”
Sue Diamond, Community Fundraising Manager at ECHC said: “The incredible strength and bravery that Hannah showed by undertaking this tandem skydive is a clear reflection of her whole family’s values.
“The help that ECHC has received from the PJ Foundation has been invaluable – we couldn’t be more thankful to the Cockburn family.
“The local West Lothian community have given great support to the family’s fundraising efforts and it’s this generosity that helps to ensure children’s hospital experiences are transformed.
“Without a doubt PJ’s contagious liveliness and joyful attitude will live on through the foundation set up in his name.”
Since it was first established in October last year, the PJ Foundation has helped raise funds and awareness for ECHC and organ donation. They have managed to raise over £6,000 through online sales of pens, badges and teddies with the PJ logo.
Aside from providing support to the RHSC, ECHC also works with various partners across East and Central Scotland, such as St John’s Hospital in Livingston.
The funds raised by ECHC help to fund equipment and activities that improve children and young people’s hospital experiences.
To donate or find out more, visit: https://echcharityskydive.everydayhero.com/uk/pj-foundation/wizard/share
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