A Nottingham woman is taking on a skydive in aid of our Zephyr’s bereavement support centre, to mark her 21st birthday and to remember her twin sister.
Maisie Beers, from Mapperley, is taking on the Nottingham Hospitals Charity skydive at Langar Airfield on Saturday 15th May. She decided to take on the challenge to raise money for Zephyr’s, the centre at Nottingham City Hospital which offers support for parents and families who have lost a pregnancy, baby or child.
Maisie, who turns 21 on the 21st March, will also be doing the jump in memory of her twin sister, Eve, who was sadly stillborn.
Mum Vanessa Beers, who has volunteered at Zephyr’s for the past three years, said: “Maisie and Eve came into the world ten weeks early and with no warning, and sadly Eve was stillborn. Maisie started her life in the Neonatal Unit, myself and my husband left trying to understand what had happened.
“Thankfully times have changed but there still needs to be more awareness of child loss. During my lowest times the only support I was given was a few leaflets and off you go. I did eventually access psychiatric support for postnatal depression via my GP, but that wasn’t the same as having someone to support me emotionally through my grief. There were some national helplines, but no local face-to-face support.
“One of the wonderful things about Zephyr’s is that you can talk to other people who have been through the same thing, and you can share things with them that you may not be able to share with anyone else. If something like that had been around when I lost Eve, I think it would have helped my healing process tremendously.”
Maisie, who is now studying Criminology at Leeds University, aims to raise £1,500 for Zephyr’s through her skydive, and has already raised more than £1,000 within the first 24 hours of her Justgiving page going live.
Maisie said: “I am so proud of my Mum for volunteering at Zephyr’s for over three years now. I want to raise as much as I can so my Mum, all the volunteers and staff can continue providing the much needed support and making resources available to families in a caring and loving environment.
“I am extremely excited but a little nervous about the skydive because I’ve never done anything like this before, and I still can’t believe that I’m actually going to do it! But I know it will be an experience that I will never forget and I really can’t wait for the jump.”
Zephyr’s was set up in 2017 to provide caring support for parents and families after the loss of a pregnancy, baby or child. Staff and volunteers at the centre provide support groups, creative therapy and counselling services for over 1,000 visitors a year. The centre is run by Nottingham Hospitals Charity and is funded purely through charitable donations.