Kerri’s skydive pays off

DOWN TO EARTH: Kerri Cooper with staff from S3 ward at Sheffield Children's Hospital, where she received treatment for 17 years. Miss Cooper donated �1,348 to the ward following a sponsored skydive.
DOWN TO EARTH: Kerri Cooper with staff from S3 ward at Sheffield Children's Hospital, where she received treatment for 17 years. Miss Cooper donated �1,348 to the ward following a sponsored skydive.
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A SUDBURY woman has handed over a cheque to thank the children’s hospital where she received 17 years of treatment.

Kerri Cooper, 21, from Grosvenor Road, was born with a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia, and spent her childhood travelling to Sheffield Children’s Hospital for treatment and operations.

In September, she completed a sponsored skydive to raise money for the Children’s Hospital Charity, raising £1,348.

Miss Cooper, together with her mother Julie, drove the 175 miles in her modified car to hand-deliver a cheque to the staff on ward S3 who looked after her following her operations.

“It felt extremely rewarding to be able to hand over the cheque,” said Miss Cooper.

“But it was a very emotional experience which brought up a lot of things from the past.

“It felt like I was finally able to give something back and have a form of closure as well.”

Miss Cooper, who works for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, had major operations to straighten her limbs aged 11 and 14, as well as ongoing treatment at the hospital.

“There were a lot of the staff still there from when I was at the hospital and it was lovely to see some familiar faces,” she said.

“There was a nurse there, Jonathan Pagdin, who had dealt with me since I was born so it was nice to see him.”

Ward manager Katie Bannister said: “It was so nice to see Kerri again. It’s always fantastic for us to see a former patient doing so well and knowing what a difference we were able to make.”

Mr Pagdin added: “I’m glad Kerri made the long journey again – it was wonderful to see her.”