Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes and keyboardist Jordan Fish are to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for charity.
The pair will embark on their mission to reach the summit of the renowned Tanzanian landmark, which has a height of 5895 metres, over their eight-day trip.
The climb has been organised to raise money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton hospital, which recently cared for Fish’s infant son after he suffered a brain haemorrhage.
Explaining more about the reasons behind the trip on his JustGiving page, Fish has revealed how the Unit helped stabilise his son’s condition and keep him alive before he was transferred to another hospital.
“On the evening of Sunday 21st August, our 4 day old baby Eliot suffered what we eventually found out was a Brain Haemorrhage,” Fish writes. “My wife Emma and I reacted as quickly as we could as soon as we began to feel his crying changed from what you would consider ‘normal’ to something else. We called an ambulance in the early hours of the morning and did our best to keep him calm, awake and alive.
“When we arrived at Basingstoke hospital Eliot had stopped breathing more than once and was having seizures. Emma held him in the ambulance and kept him alive even though she could feel him drifting away in her arms. The hospital staff put Eliot into a coma, took over his breathing and sedated him to get the seizure under control.
“Once they felt he was stable enough, within about an hour or two of us arriving, they scanned Eliot’s brain. The scan showed an acute bleed in the centre of his brain and some ‘unusual’ tissue which may have caused the bleed.
“In the early hours of Monday morning we were transferred in a special ambulance to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton hospital where he stayed for 5 days under the 24hr supervision on the amazing team there.
“The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in Southampton is the lead centre in South Central England. Their 14 bed purpose built unit cares for children from birth up to 18 years of age. They care for patients with some of the most complex illnesses and injuries and work closely with specialists from all surgical and medical areas. The unit, which looks after 950 to 1,000 patients per year from across southern and central England, is the sixth largest PICU in the UK by number of admissions and has one of the best survival rates. Children are referred to them from hospitals as far afield as Plymouth, Milton Keynes and the Channel Islands. They also have a 24-hour retrieval service which helped bring Eliot safely from Basingstoke to Southampton.”
Fish has revealed that it was during this experience that he decided he wanted “to do something positive for the ward”, with this climb intending to raise money to pay for a new bed for the ward.
Giving an update on the health of his son, Fish said “we still have a very long way to go and we are taking each day at a time.”
“However he is still alive to fight, he is breathing on his own and we are seeing small improvements every day. He is a little fighter and has shown amazing signs of recovery already, even at this early stage. We owe that completely to the Nurses, Doctors, Neurologists and staff at PICU.”