Wendy’s heartache is behind charity effort

Wendy Gibney with sons Ryan and Jamie with Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Sean Hughes
Wendy Gibney with sons Ryan and Jamie with Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Sean Hughes
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A nurse who suffered unimaginable heartache when she had seven miscarriages is pulling out all the stops for a fundraising event.

Wendy Gibney, from Ashton, Preston, is organising a sponsored bounce in aid of the Baby Beat Appeal.

The 42-year-old is being supported by her two teenage sons who she calls her “miracle babies.”

The advanced nurse practitioner who works at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital had three miscarriage before her son Ryan, now 17, was born.

She then had a further four miscarriages before son Jamie, 13 was born.

Over the years Wendy has taken part in numerous fundraising events for the charity, including a number of pentathlons.

And now her two boys, who were both born prematurely, are supporting her with the latest event set to take place at gymnastic and trampolining club JUMP UK in Leyland tomorrow.

The 24-hour sponsored bounce starts at 8pm and continues until 8pm on Saturday.

Friends, family, gymnasts and coaches will take part and on Saturday afternoon between 12pm and 4pm members of the public can turn up to find out more about the club and donate to the charity.

The club will be joined by obstetrician and gynaecologist Sean Hughes, who is also the chairman of Baby Beat,

Mr Hughes looked after Wendy and diagnosed her with a condition called Antiphospholipid Syndrome, also known as sticky blood syndrome, which was behind the miscarriages.

Both her boys only had a 20 per cent chance of surviving, but battled the odds and are both fit and healthy.

Jamie is a champion in gymnastics and trampolining and Ryan is studying languages and law at Cardinal Newman College.

All three of them coach at JUMP UK and the City of Preston Gymnastic Club.

Wendy said helping Baby Beat is a way of giving back for all the help and support she received.

She admitted she got to a point where she didn’t even tell her family she was pregnant.

She said: “I didn’t event tell people I was pregnant – because I just thought I was going to lose it anyway.

“I used to be able to remember, I used to know exactly what date each baby would have been due, over time and because I have got my two precious sons that pain eases.

“Jamie was my last go, if I had lost him there would have been no more.”

“Jamie was a horrible pregnancy, I couldn’t relax.

“I saw somebody every single week and had a scan every two weeks.

“I told the boys about the background about five years ago and they really want to give something back to Baby Beat.”

Karen Entwistle, Baby Beat’s manager said: “ We are extremely grateful to Wendy and her two sons for supporting our cause. It is lovely to see Jamie and Ryan who have grown into fine young men and know that Baby Beat were instrumental in ensuring their safe delivery into this world. It’s particularly poignant because at present we are about to underwrite a new project which is research into premature labour, womb acquired infections and stillbirths and it’s fantastic to hear that this lovely family, who have obviously been through the mill, want to support us.”

JUMP UK has also nominated Baby Beat as its charity of the year and has just moved into new premises which are based on Hurst Way Court, Leyland.