Walk of Hope for high flyer

A HIGH flyer from Wetherby is joining her British Airways cabin crew colleagues to walk with the world’s fastest man for a cause that is close to all their hearts.

Sarah Hill and the entire Boeing 777 cabin crew will operate the BA2263 flight from Gatwick to Kingston, Jamaica today (Friday).

They will then join world champion and current Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt for the 5.6km Sigma Walkathon in aid of the UK-based Chain of Hope charity which provides medical teams to treat children in their own country.

Later on in her stay in the country, sarah will be joined by nine fellow cabin crew champions for a visit to the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston.

Some of them have visited previously and have even sat in on cardiac surgery procedures on children with life-threatening heart diseases.

The UK charity Chain of Hope sends out medical teams to treat children in their own country, setting up training programmes for local surgeons and medical staff.

But the number of operations that can be performed is limited by the number of Intensive Care Unit beds available.

The planned new cardiac centre will house 10 new beds, an operating theatre and a catheter laboratory and allow doctors to help many more children in need of life-saving surgery,

Up to 500 children are born with congenital heart disease in Jamaica every year.

The current waiting list for cardiac surgery at the Bustamante Hospital is at least 150 children, with 100 new patients added to the list annually.