A sponsored abseil by a group from Christ Church Parish, Lisburn, has to date raised £2,000 for the neo-natal unit at the Royal Maternity Hospital, Belfast.
The Rev Paul Dundas, rector of Christ Church, along with parishioners John Greer, Gary McCarter and Gavin Wilson stepped off the roof of the Europa Hotel in Belfast on September 22.
John and his wife Davina experienced at first hand the lack of vital facilities at the Royal’s neo-natal unit in the days and weeks after Davina gave birth to triplets in August last year.
When Davina was 27 weeks pregnant she was admitted to the Royal but as they didn’t have room in the neo-natal unit for three babies, she was taken to Scotland Princess Royal Maternity in Glasgow.
The couple's three boys were delivered by emergency C-Section on August 7 2006. Charlie came first weighing 2lb, Owen was next weighing 2lb 2oz and Harry was third weighing 1lb 12oz. The triplets were taken to intensive care, but little Harry took an infection and died on August 30.
Charlie and Owen were transferred to the Royal in Belfast and after about three weeks, due to a lack of neo-natal cots, they were transferred to Craigavon Hospital where they remained for six weeks.
Davina and John will donate funds from the sponsored abseil to the neo-natal unit at the Royal, which houses the regional neo natal unit for the whole of Northern Ireland.