Rock stars from Bring Me The Horizon raise more than £50,000 for Southampton children's unit
BANDMATES from a world-famous rock band have raised more £50,000 for the Hampshire hospital children’s unit which helped save the keyboardist’s baby son.
Jordan Fish, from Bring Me The Horizon (BMTH), was inspired to raise money for Southampton General Hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) after his infant son Eliot suffered a brain haemorrhage in August.
The musician has now joined forces with the band’s frontman Oli Sykes, gathering support from fans across the world, in a mission to raise £100,000 for the ward which cared for his son.
BMTH have sold hundreds of thousands of records and released hits such as Drown, Happy Song, Throne, True Friends and Follow You and as well as playing at top festivals such as Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Glastonbury.
Hundreds of their fans and friends have rallied behind the campaign - one charity gig Rock with Reason helped to raise more than £5,000 for the cause while Sarah Harry left £510 for a concert held at The Hungerford Arms, in Hungerford, and a coffee morning in aid of the drive raised another £505.
Follow rock band You Me At Six also left a donation of £1,121.78 and sent their love to the guys.
Fans also left donations with messages of support.
Claire Silvester said: “I know of your heartbreaking story through a friend and my heart goes out to you and your family. I wish you luck and best wishes in reaching your £100k target for a fantastic cause.”
Lisa Slav added: “A great cause guys. What a challenge, I know you are both just going to kill it. Thoughts are with little Eliot every day for a full recovery.”
John Watt said: “Jordan, good luck to you and Oli on this majestic epic trek for a fantastic cause. Much health and happiness to Eliot, Emma and yourself.”
In January, the Jordon and Oli will embark on an eight-day sponsored trip to climb Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, pictured right, (5,895m).
On his Just Giving page Jordon said he and his wife Emma noticed something was wrong with their son’s cries in the early hours one morning in August, so called an ambulance.
Emma held their son in the ambulance and but said she could feel him “drifting away in her arms”.
During the rush to North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke Eliot stopped breathing more than once and began to have seizures.
At the hospital staff put the youngster into a coma and onto a breathing machine to help control his seizures.
Once Eliot was stable he was sent for a scan which showed an acute bleed in the centre of his brain and some ‘unusual’ tissue which may have caused it.
Eliot was later transferred to Southampton General where he stayed for five days under 24-hour supervision.
The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in Southampton is one of the leading centres in the south with a 14-bed purpose-built unit which cares for children from birth up to 18 years of age.
“In terms of Eliot’s recovery 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,” Jordan said.
“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.”
Visit justgiving.com/JordanandOli to donate to the cause.