A DARING pair from the ambulance service will be reaching new heights – to send a seriously ill little boy on a trip to Disneyland.
The fundraising skydive is in aid of four-year-old Harry Hudson, the son of their colleague Sharon Hudson.
Harry, from Newton, in Chester, suffers from a very rare condition, Hunter Syndrome, which means he may not live beyond his teens.
He was only diagnosed earlier this year and Welsh Ambulance Service colleagues are determined to help. Denise Taylor and ambulance technician Lyndsey Hill, both based at Flint, will be doing the parachute jump today (Friday).
Grateful paramedic Sharon, whose husband Paul is a teacher, said: “Lyndsey and Denise are bonkers. They’ve said they will jump out of a plane and it just shows how kind people can be.”
Harry, who attends Mickle Trafford Primary School, was only diagnosed with the complaint in May.
“He has had his share of problems,” explains Sharon who has been in the Ambulance Service for 10 years.
“He had his tonsils and adenoids out when he was two but we just thought he was a normal little boy until the doctor decided to do this test and discovered he has Hunter’s.
“It means he can’t produce an enzyme and never will be able to so it affects his development.
“We just hope they can do something and they say they are very near a cure otherwise boys with it don’t usually live past their teens.”
At the moment Sharon and Paul take Harry to Manchester Children’s Hospital every Monday to have a three-hour infusion of the enzyme but they hope soon that a “port” will be fitted so he can have the treatment at home.
Meanwhile they must also live with the knowledge that Harry’s two-year-old sister Libby may also be a carrier of the condition which is passed through the mother’s side but affects only boys.
The idea for the parachute jump came from Lyndsey, 32, from Holywell, who says: “What we hope is with the money we raise they can take little Harry to Disneyland and he can have a wonderful time.”
Denise, 47, from Flint, adds: “I’ve just become a grandmother myself and I’ve got three boys and a girl so my heart goes out to Sharon and Paul.”
The intrepid pair will go to Whistock Airfield, near Whitchurch in Shropshire this morning for the parachute jump and Harry and his family will be there to watch them.