A daredevil member of the Crewe team has defied her own fear of heights to take on a daunting skydive challenge in aid of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital as a thank you for the invaluable care they gave her baby daughter.

Crewe Specsavers dispensing assistant Emilie Millington, who lives in Elworth, finally took the plunge from a plane around 12,000 feet above the earth last month. Having had three prior attempts cancelled due to bad weather, she conquered her nerves, and says the jump experience was awe-inspiring.

Sky high effort
So far, Emilie, aged 27, has raised £1,240 for the Liverpool children’s hospital where her daughter Isabelle Fricker, now aged two, was treated for Hirschsprung's disease as a newborn.

Emilie said: ‘I wanted to raise money for Alder Hey because the care they provided for Isabelle and our entire family was incredible.

‘One minute I was in there to have a baby, the next we were living there while Isabelle was being looked after. The hospital was such a huge part of our lives until Isabelle had her operation when she was four months old.

‘She’s completely recovered now, but I wanted to do something special to say thank you. I’m a rubbish runner and I wanted a challenge that was tough so that I could raise as much as possible. Jumping out of a plane seemed like a great idea at the time!’

Store support

Michael Elleray, store director at Crewe Specsavers added: ‘Having set herself such a daunting task, Emilie has certainly risen to the challenge so we’re hugely proud of her.

‘Alder Hey is such a fantastic cause, we’ve been delighted to see customers and staff support Emilie’s campaign.’

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