A BASINGSTOKE mother is taking on a skydive to remember her stillborn daughter and thank hospital staff who helped her son in his hour of need.

Chinesha Daley, 22, decided to take on the challenge to aid the hospitals at which her son was treated and where her stillborn daughter was born.

Last year, on February 6, Chinesha’s daughter Renéyah Chandler was born stillborn, and she is buried at the cemetery in Worting Road. Her mother is trying to make sure that she is properly remembered with a headstone, with one costing just over £2,000.

While the Basingstoke resident has raised half of the money on her own, she is looking for help with the rest and to thank the hospital staff who helped her son Kashdan.

Born three years ago, Kashdan, while a healthy boy now, suffered from a rare tumour in his chest called Kaposiform Haemangioendothelioma, which required extensive treatment and tests, including chemotherapy, taking place in Basingstoke and Southampton.

Chinesha said: “The staff have been really great, both at the Butterfly suite in Basingstoke, and at the oncology unit in Southampton. They, and so many others, were always there regardless and helped us out so much.

“I want to help them back in any way I can and this would help.”

Chinesha will be taking a plunge from 13,000ft in the air above Salisbury on June 30 to aid the causes, an act far removed from her comfort zone.

She added: “It’s not something that I would do normally, but I thought, why not? I’m a little bit nervous, but I am looking forward to it. They’ll probably have to push me out once I am up there.”

The GoFundMe page, which was launched only a few days ago, has quickly picked up steam. The goal of £2,000, broken down to £1,000 for the headstone and £500 minimum each for the Piam Brown Oncology Ward in Southampton and the Butterfly suite for bereaved parents in the maternity unit at Basingstoke hospital, is getting nearer with more than £1,700 donated so far.

Chinesha said: “I was really shocked by the community’s reaction. From the bottom of my heart I did not expect it to go like this. It really has restored my faith in humanity. It is lovely and we are nearly there.”

To donate, go to gofundme.com/headstone-childrens-oncology-amp-basingstoke-hosp.