Brother and sister have their heads in the clouds

DAREDEVIL siblings from Weston raised £650 for the Weston Super Kids Appeal by jumping out of a plane. Alison Chappell and Joel Dovener braved the dizzying heights over Devon to raise cash for more equipment for Weston General Hospital's new children's wa

DAREDEVIL siblings from Weston raised £650 for the Weston Super Kids Appeal by jumping out of a plane.Alison Chappell and Joel Dovener braved the dizzying heights over Devon to raise cash for more equipment for Weston General Hospital's new children's ward, the Seashore Centre.Alison's son Harry, aged five, was admitted to Weston General Hospital with gastroenteritis when he was just a baby but because the hospital did not have the facilities to treat him he had to be transferred to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.Alison said: "If he had been treated in Weston he would probably have gone home after a day, but staff there couldn't do anything for him and he got worse so they had to transfer him to Southmead Hospital, where he stayed for four days. It was really scary and after that I decided I wanted to raise money for more equipment at Weston to help other parents."I've always wanted to do a parachute jump and thought raising money for the Weston Super Kids Appeal was a great opportunity to do both."Alison and her husband Darren, of Selworthy Road, have another child called Lewis and the whole family went along to watch her free fall for the cause.Harry, who attends Bournville Community Infant School, has also had bowel trouble for two years and had to travel to Bristol Royal Infirmary for treatment and check-ups. Now the Seashore Centre has opened up he only has to pop down the road whenever he needs some treatment.Alison, who works as a childminder, said: "My husband used to have to take time off work to take us to Bristol but now the new ward has opened in Weston it's so much easier for us."Staff at the hospital have given him some medicine which is really helping him. Having facilities in Weston is such a big improvement, especially for people who don't drive. I've spoken to so many parents who are so pleased the new centre is open.


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