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Skydiving father raises PPBF funds

A SKYDIVE was how one islander chose to raise money for a charity that helped his family in their time of need.

Logan Fallaize did his first-ever skydive over L’Eree at sunset on Saturday to raise funds for the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation.

‘It was amazing,’ he said. ‘I was a bit nervous before but I was also buzzing – I loved it so much I want to do it again next year.’    

In July 2018, Lochie, his then 18-month-old daughter, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukaemia.

The family had to move to Southampton for almost a year so Lochie could undergo treatment.

A home-from-home was provided to the young family by the PPBF, in one of its two flats right next door to Southampton Hospital called Aggie’s Burrow.

These flats are offered, free of charge, not only to families of premature babies, but for families with seriously ill children.

‘This flat was our Godsend,’ Lochie’s mum Ellie Waterman said. ‘The team at PPBF could not have been more helpful, caring and friendly.

‘They made a very difficult time in our lives that bit easier.’

The family said they would be forever grateful for everything the charity did and so wanted to give something back.

Sammy Meerveld from the PPBF went to watch Mr Fallaize’s skydive and to support the family.

‘It was really exciting to watch, especially when Logan did a couple of spins, although I’m not sure if that was intentional or not,’ she said.

‘To see his little daughter run over to him after he’d landed was very emotional.’

Founder and trustee of the charity Jo Priaulx thanked the family for their kind words. ‘We are so pleased the PPBF were able to help when Lochie was unwell,’ she said.

Lochie is two-and-a-half years old now and is back home.

She is still undergoing treatment but this can now be managed from Guernsey.