Why Skydive?

Your fundraising support our life saving heart research. Thanks to your support we're making breakthroughs. Hannah Leeson and Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan tell us just what your fundraising means.

Extreme Fundraiser

"When I was 10 days old I turned blue and my parents rushed me to hospital. Doctors discovered that I had been born with a life-threatening heart defect that meant that my blood was pumping the wrong way around my body and was not picking up any oxygen.

"I had to have an emergency surgical procedure and then open heart surgery when I was just seven months old. Although I don't remember much, I have the scars on my chest as a daily reminder.

"I wouldn't be here without the work of the British Heart Foundation, and I wanted to give something back and help them continue their life saving work.

"I've always wanted to do a skydive and thankfully my friend agreed to take part with me. We are still buzzing from the amazing experience and we raised over £1,200 for the BHF, which I'm so proud of. I'd recommend it to anyone!"

Hannah Leeson, Heart Flyer

Extreme Lifesaver

"Thanks to advances in treatment, most babies born with congenital heart disease survive to adulthood but many are at risk of sudden death from unexpected heart rhythm disturbances. My research aims to reduce early deaths by improving medical investigations for abnormal heart rhythms or heart failure. 

"Recently, I was able to confirm that what we see with MRI imaging in congenital heart disease patients is correctly identified as scarring.

"This has made a real difference to patients with Hannah's heart condition who will now routinely have this type of MRI imaging added to their clinical care. 

"I would not be able to continue my research to help people born with heart defects without help from the British Heart Foundation. Fundraising, done by people like Hannah, allows me to do research that helps people with her condition - something for which I am incredibly grateful"

Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan, BHF-funded researcher and cardiologist