Welwyn woman in charity skydive to honour Baby P
PUBLISHED: 09:30 04 September 2010
TORTURED to death by his mum and her lover, the tragic story of tot Baby P touched the hearts of people across the nation.
The 17-month-old youngster died in August 2007 – and Haringey Council’s failure to spot the abuse resulted in the dismissal of its head of children’s services.
One woman who works in Haringey has decided to do a 10,000ft skydive to honour Baby P while helping to raise money for youngsters at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
Andreea Thomson, of Oaklea in Welwyn, has worked at NHS Haringey within the safeguarding children department for six months.
She will embark on her first charity skydive, at Chatteris Airfield near March, Cambridgeshire, on September 26.
The 27-year-old, who will be taking the plunge strapped to an experienced skydiver, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I have decided to do the skydive because I felt the children that are cared for by GOSH are brave on a daily basis and this was the least I could do.
“What happened to Baby P can only be described as tragic and I hope with all my heart that wherever he is, he has finally found peace.
“I want to use his memory as a pillar for a brighter future and not as a reminder of pain.”
Andreea added: “The reason why I have chosen GOSH as the charity to fundraise for is because since they opened their doors in 1852, everything they have done has been and is dedicated to children in need and in pain.
“The hospital’s work is imperative and must continue.”
Andreea is hoping to raise at least £500 from the skydive.
She added: “It is unacceptable for children to be abused in any way.
“I think it is everyone’s responsibility to do their part to ensure this never happens.”
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