Mum faces skydive challenge for King’s Lynn baby unit

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A former Lynn woman is preparing to make a sponsored tandem skydive this summer in aid of the baby unit that saved her son’s life.

Laura Herdman, who now lives in Louth, Lincolnshire, will perform the feat in Cumbria in August in aid of the neo-natal unit at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

In January 2011, the unit saved the life of her newborn son, Oscar, following a tough pregnancy fraught with complications.

Oscar was not breathing when he was born, and he was put into the care of the Neonatal ICU for more than a week.

Then at three-weeks-old, Oscar was rushed back into the unit once again suffering with a severe case of bronchiolitis, where he spent another week.

Oscar’s illness nearly killed him, but thanks to the care of the unit his life was saved once again.

Oscar is now an otherwise happy and healthy three-year-old child, and Laura said: “I have always wanted to do something to raise money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in King’s Lynn, as they often get overlooked in comparison to charities and other causes.

“Incubators like the one that Oscar was put in cost £35,000 each, and it’s the kind of thing where you don’t realise how important it is until you really need it. These machines are amazing, and it’s a cause that I hold close to me.”

Laura will be leaping out of a plane from 14,000 feet over the Cark Airfield, which is just south of the Lake District, during a weekend of fundraising activities for the Pendleside Hospice in Lancashire.

She said: “I decided to do the skydive because it’s something a bit extreme. My friend Stephen Steward has organised the entire skydiving part of the fundraising weekend for the Pendleside Hospice. He skydives pretty much every week, and has done around 400 overall. He will be doing the tandem skydive with me.”

Laura hopes that she will be able to raise £1,000. To sponsor her, visit