Poole man to jump from plane to raise money for sick youngster’s dream holiday

Bournemouth Echo: GENEROUS: Lee Atkins, inset below, is raising money for Donna and Barry Holder  son Cameron, four, and daughters Maisie, two, and Ella, seven GENEROUS: Lee Atkins, inset below, is raising money for Donna and Barry Holder son Cameron, four, and daughters Maisie, two, and Ella, seven

A MAN from Oakdale will be doing a parachute jump out of a plane later this month to raise money for a poorly four-year-old.

Lee Atkins, 45, aims to raise over £2,000 to send Cameron Holder, and his parents, Donna and Barry, on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Disneyland Paris, ahead of an operation the little boy needs on his bladder.

Cameron has a rare condition called Post-erior Urethral Valves (PUV), which affects his kidneys, bladder, and caused dislocation of both of his hips.

Family friend Lee, said that he wanted to do something nice for the family, ahead of the life-changing operation, which will work to reconstruct a new bladder for Cameron.

Lee said: “I’ve always wanted to do a parachute jump and I realised that every time the Holder family book a holiday, they have to cancel it because of Cameron’s ill health.”

He added: “I’m looking to raise around £2,000 to £3,000 so that we can send them to Disneyland, of which I already have around £800, so I’m hoping we can get there before the jump on March 22.”

Cameron’s mum, Donna, said that the family is totally shocked and flabbergasted that people have thought of them, and have wanted to help.

She added that she was taken aback by other people’s kindness and generosity.

“One of our best friends, Neil Garnett, told us that he is shaving his head shaved to raise money for us as a family.

“Then we received another message to say that Lee was going to do a parachute jump and we were just speechless and so touched.”

She added: “I can’t tell you how grateful we are to Neil and Lee. It just shows that there are some really genuinely kind people in the world and we are lucky enough to know them.”

For more information on Lee’s parachute jump, go to facebook.com/events/ 14847340 25087430

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8:42pm Tue 11 Mar 14

ashleycross says...

Please only sponsor these jumps if they carry private health insurance for the jump. So many people's operations which they have waited months for, often in great pain, get cancelled at the last minute because someone is brought into the hospital as an emergency from one of these jumps. The surgeons get in hospitals close to airfields where these jumps are run as a business get really fed up with it as they have to face their patients to say they won't be operating on them that day but can't say why because of patient confidentiality.
I always ask, and no one has ever said they will be taking out insurance for the jump.
In countries where medical care is not free as on the NHS these jumps don't take place and they think we are crazy for having them.
Look before you leap.
Please only sponsor these jumps if they carry private health insurance for the jump. So many people's operations which they have waited months for, often in great pain, get cancelled at the last minute because someone is brought into the hospital as an emergency from one of these jumps. The surgeons get in hospitals close to airfields where these jumps are run as a business get really fed up with it as they have to face their patients to say they won't be operating on them that day but can't say why because of patient confidentiality. I always ask, and no one has ever said they will be taking out insurance for the jump. In countries where medical care is not free as on the NHS these jumps don't take place and they think we are crazy for having them. Look before you leap. ashleycross
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10:22pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

What a great gesture, We did the same for a local lad, who sadly died of cystic fibrosis a few months are his 'MakeAWish' holiday.

Be grateful you have the NHS. His parents are having to struggle with millions - yes, millions - of dollars of hospital bills. Count yourselves fortunate, even if the NHS is not always as perfect as you want. It will never bankrupt you.

To the comment above: Nothing ventured; nothing gained. There is no guarantee he could not be injured as badly driving to work tomorrow morning.
What a great gesture, We did the same for a local lad, who sadly died of cystic fibrosis a few months are his 'MakeAWish' holiday. Be grateful you have the NHS. His parents are having to struggle with millions - yes, millions - of dollars of hospital bills. Count yourselves fortunate, even if the NHS is not always as perfect as you want. It will never bankrupt you. To the comment above: Nothing ventured; nothing gained. There is no guarantee he could not be injured as badly driving to work tomorrow morning. Yankee1
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10:00am Wed 12 Mar 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

"A MAN from Oakdale will be doing a parachute jump out of a plane later this month to raise money"

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Yes, it will be a good idea to use a plane. You could try jumping off of a high chair or maybe a ladder but a plane would be best in a parachuting situation.
"A MAN from Oakdale will be doing a parachute jump out of a plane later this month to raise money" -------- Yes, it will be a good idea to use a plane. You could try jumping off of a high chair or maybe a ladder but a plane would be best in a parachuting situation. Sir Beachy Head
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1:12pm Wed 12 Mar 14

boardsandphotos says...

ashleycross wrote:
Please only sponsor these jumps if they carry private health insurance for the jump. So many people's operations which they have waited months for, often in great pain, get cancelled at the last minute because someone is brought into the hospital as an emergency from one of these jumps. The surgeons get in hospitals close to airfields where these jumps are run as a business get really fed up with it as they have to face their patients to say they won't be operating on them that day but can't say why because of patient confidentiality.
I always ask, and no one has ever said they will be taking out insurance for the jump.
In countries where medical care is not free as on the NHS these jumps don't take place and they think we are crazy for having them.
Look before you leap.
Ashley Cross the highest number of Parachute Jump related Deaths in 2013 was in North America, a country which is a) Western / Modern in terms of Health & Safety and b) There is no free Health Care so I'm not sure where you get the idea that these jumps only happen in countries where Healthcare is free?

In the UK last year there was only 1 Death from a Parachute Jump and only 13 in the whole of Europe, the ratio of jumps vs injuries is also very low.

I would imagine that most hospitals get far more Emergency critical / trauma patients through the doors each day as a result of Road Traffic Accidents than they do due to Parachute Jump related Injuries.

Stats on Parachute Jumps worldwide: http://www.dropzone.
com/fatalities/
[quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: Please only sponsor these jumps if they carry private health insurance for the jump. So many people's operations which they have waited months for, often in great pain, get cancelled at the last minute because someone is brought into the hospital as an emergency from one of these jumps. The surgeons get in hospitals close to airfields where these jumps are run as a business get really fed up with it as they have to face their patients to say they won't be operating on them that day but can't say why because of patient confidentiality. I always ask, and no one has ever said they will be taking out insurance for the jump. In countries where medical care is not free as on the NHS these jumps don't take place and they think we are crazy for having them. Look before you leap.[/p][/quote]Ashley Cross the highest number of Parachute Jump related Deaths in 2013 was in North America, a country which is a) Western / Modern in terms of Health & Safety and b) There is no free Health Care so I'm not sure where you get the idea that these jumps only happen in countries where Healthcare is free? In the UK last year there was only 1 Death from a Parachute Jump and only 13 in the whole of Europe, the ratio of jumps vs injuries is also very low. I would imagine that most hospitals get far more Emergency critical / trauma patients through the doors each day as a result of Road Traffic Accidents than they do due to Parachute Jump related Injuries. Stats on Parachute Jumps worldwide: http://www.dropzone. com/fatalities/ boardsandphotos
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10:20pm Wed 12 Mar 14

ashleycross says...

boardsandphotos wrote:
ashleycross wrote:
Please only sponsor these jumps if they carry private health insurance for the jump. So many people's operations which they have waited months for, often in great pain, get cancelled at the last minute because someone is brought into the hospital as an emergency from one of these jumps. The surgeons get in hospitals close to airfields where these jumps are run as a business get really fed up with it as they have to face their patients to say they won't be operating on them that day but can't say why because of patient confidentiality.
I always ask, and no one has ever said they will be taking out insurance for the jump.
In countries where medical care is not free as on the NHS these jumps don't take place and they think we are crazy for having them.
Look before you leap.
Ashley Cross the highest number of Parachute Jump related Deaths in 2013 was in North America, a country which is a) Western / Modern in terms of Health & Safety and b) There is no free Health Care so I'm not sure where you get the idea that these jumps only happen in countries where Healthcare is free?

In the UK last year there was only 1 Death from a Parachute Jump and only 13 in the whole of Europe, the ratio of jumps vs injuries is also very low.

I would imagine that most hospitals get far more Emergency critical / trauma patients through the doors each day as a result of Road Traffic Accidents than they do due to Parachute Jump related Injuries.

Stats on Parachute Jumps worldwide: http://www.dropzone.

com/fatalities/
You clearly don't move in circles frequented by surgeons. Unlike me. I also have basic maths skills and common sense. So we are no match for arguing.
[quote][p][bold]boardsandphotos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: Please only sponsor these jumps if they carry private health insurance for the jump. So many people's operations which they have waited months for, often in great pain, get cancelled at the last minute because someone is brought into the hospital as an emergency from one of these jumps. The surgeons get in hospitals close to airfields where these jumps are run as a business get really fed up with it as they have to face their patients to say they won't be operating on them that day but can't say why because of patient confidentiality. I always ask, and no one has ever said they will be taking out insurance for the jump. In countries where medical care is not free as on the NHS these jumps don't take place and they think we are crazy for having them. Look before you leap.[/p][/quote]Ashley Cross the highest number of Parachute Jump related Deaths in 2013 was in North America, a country which is a) Western / Modern in terms of Health & Safety and b) There is no free Health Care so I'm not sure where you get the idea that these jumps only happen in countries where Healthcare is free? In the UK last year there was only 1 Death from a Parachute Jump and only 13 in the whole of Europe, the ratio of jumps vs injuries is also very low. I would imagine that most hospitals get far more Emergency critical / trauma patients through the doors each day as a result of Road Traffic Accidents than they do due to Parachute Jump related Injuries. Stats on Parachute Jumps worldwide: http://www.dropzone. com/fatalities/[/p][/quote]You clearly don't move in circles frequented by surgeons. Unlike me. I also have basic maths skills and common sense. So we are no match for arguing. ashleycross
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