A fundraiser from Northfield has gone above and beyond for the hospital where she works, taking on a daring skydive which raised over £1,600.

Twenty-three-year-old Jacintha Spragg, is a regional fundraiser at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and is reminded every day how vital charity funds are to providing the best care, treatment and experience for the 90,000 sick kids treated at the hospital every year.

As part of her role, Jacintha encourages others to take on challenges to raise money for the hospital and having now worked with the fundraising team for just over six months she decided to throw herself into the deep end and sign up to the charity’s skydive.

Jacintha said: “I have been fortunate to meet so many incredible supporters who make such a difference to the sick kids treated at our hospital. Often our supporters are going through their own personal challenges, but they still dedicate time to raising money for us. I am always in awe of how much they do for us, it was nice to join them. They also gave me lots of tips and tricks to raise more money!”

As the challenge loomed, the nerves set in, but Jacintha had chosen to complete her sky-dive in Cornwall as it’s a comforting place to her, having holidayed there as a child. Seeing the familiar views, sea air and friendly faces supporting her, Jacintha’s nerves held, and she was ready to take to the skies.

As she leapt from the plane, adrenaline took over and she felt extremely satisfied with the money she had raised for her place of work.

Jacintha added: “Being a fundraiser at Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity means I get to see the impact our charity makes first hand. I am always so inspired by our patients, families and supporters and feel really lucky to call this my job. Taking on the skydive was the least I could do to raise vitals funds and awareness for our hospital.”

Miranda Williams, Head of Public Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Jacintha knows all about the incredible work that goes on inside our hospital thanks to fundraising and as a secret daredevil, it was no surprise she wanted to get stuck in. We couldn’t be prouder of her.

“The incredible funds she’s raised will make a big difference to the lives of our brave children and their families as we continue our plans to improve our hospital – enabling us to treat even more children from Birmingham, the West Midlands and around the country.”