PH nurse takes the leap to raise awareness

A Newcastle nurse has gone above and beyond the call of duty to raise awareness of pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Rachel Crackett, a PH nurse specialist at the northern PH unit at Freeman Hospital, jumped out of an aeroplane at 10,000 feet to draw attention to the disease and raise funds.

Her sponsored skydiving feat raised more than £2,000 for PHA UK and also raised the profile of the condition.

Rachel, who has worked with PH patients for 14 years, said: “As a team it frustrates us all that PH does not get the attention that other serious and potentially fatal conditions do, and so we wanted to do something that would help make more people aware of it.

“I’d like to thank all colleagues, patients and the PHA UK for their support and donations. And give special thanks to the patients who were able to come and support on the day. This was a once in a life time experience for me – in other words never again! But it seemed to work.”

Rachel’s jump featured in the Newcastle Chronicle, attracting thousands of views on its website and driving more visitors to PHA UK’s website too.

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Last medically reviewed: May, 2016 • May, 2019