Sally MacWhirter Three years ago my husband Mike suffered a heart attack. An ambulance was called and thankfully they decided to take him straight to Harefield Hospital with its dedicated heart attack centre, rather than our nearest hospital. Staff were waiting outside the hospital for Mike's arrival and he was taken straight to one of their catheter laboratories where he had 3 stents implanted. Within hours, he was up on the ward and looking a damn sight better than he had that morning. It was an incredibly frightening experience for all of us. The care he received from all the staff during his time at Harefield Hospital was second to none - from the moment he arrived to the end of his physio sessions and Mike and I are so grateful to them all.

I've wanted to fund raise for Harefield since this time and have finally got round to doing something about it. On the 28th September I will take on a tandem skydive - it seemed a good idea at the time but am now getting more nervous about it as the days pass wondering if I should have gone with a sponsored walk!

Harefield in greater NW London and its sister hospital Royal Brompton in Chelsea carry out some of the most complicated heart and lung procedures and surgeries available anywhere in the world. Combined they form the only specialist heart and lung centre that treats both adults and children.

I am raising funds for their "Transforming your Care Appeal" - a new electronic observation system that will use a mobile device to support nursing staff in collecting patient observations by automatically calculating a score that will assist in making clinical judgments, revolutionising the way they deliver care at their hospitals. This technology will help with early warnings for sepsis. You can read more about this worthwhile project here:

I have set a fundraising target of £1,000 and am hoping that family, friends and colleagues of Mike and I, will support us in our efforts.

*** UPDATE *** I made the jump on the 19th October! Sally MacWhirter