Leap of faith in memory of baby girl

A brave mum-of-two from Illingworth took on a sponsored skydive in memory of her baby girl, who died shortly after she was born.

Tracey Northorpe’s daughter Leyna Rose would have been five years old this November but sadly died as a baby.

Ms Northorpe jumped out of an aeroplane at fifteen thousand feet in June and raised a total of £430 for Great Ormond Street Hospital through sponsorship from friends, family and colleagues.

Ms Northorpe, 28, said: “Great Ormond Street is an amazing cause which I send money to every month.

“It’s close to my heart and seemed fitting in memory of my little girl.”

The charity is currently raising funds to help rebuild and refurbish the hospital, provide crucial up-to-date equipment and fund research into better treatments for the children.

Amy Fretten, fundraising executive at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said: “We’re very grateful to Tracey and everyone who supported her.

“All the money raised will help us to make a difference to patients and their families from across the UK”

Tracey completed the freefall jump over the Lancashire hills in tandem with an instructor while friends and family cheered her on.

Ms Northorpe said: “When I was waiting I was excited but when I went up in the plane, that was when the nerves kicked in and my hands wouldn’t stop shaking.

“I’m so grateful to everyone that came along to support me.

“It meant so much to have my mum, partner and best friend there while I did the jump.”

Great Ormond Street’s research and treatment helps children who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions, from across the country and abroad.