A grateful young Millport girl is taking a leap for Yorkhill Children’s hospital to say thanks for the work they done when she was born premature.

Megan Kennedy, 19, was born 8 weeks early in the Queen Mother Hospital but says it is due to Yorkhill that she has been able to live a healthy life.

The teen will complete a bungee jump with a 160ft plunge off of a crane at the Riverside Museum on December 2, to raise money for the hospital as her way of saying thanks.

She said: “I was in hospital for nearly six weeks when I was born and it was due to the care and attention I received which made sure I had no lasting health problems.

“Since then I have had many encounters with the hospital which have helped me realise what a wonderful job the staff there do.

“I realised that my stays in hospital were very minor to that of some other children, including friends and family members who suffered from much more serious conditions.

“When I was about 11 months old, I tried to walk down a stair and fell and broke my arm.

“At Yorkhill the medical staff made me feel very comfortable and not at all scared about having x-rays and a plaster on my arm.

“At four years old I had a very bad case of chickenpox and was in an isolation ward in the hospital for about a week.

“My Mum was allowed to stay with me and I still remember how kind the nurses were.”

Having previously completed a sponsored cycle round the island to raise money for the cause, Megan is keen to help as much as she can.

She has even gone on to apply to be a volunteer at the hospital.

She added: “I am looking forward to the bungee jump and hope that I can raise as much money as possible."

To sponsor Megan visit her just giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/megan-kennedy7