Spider-dad takes Plunge for Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Via Nicky at Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Spider-dad takes Plunge for Birmingham Children’s Hospital

A fearless dad will be dressing up as Spiderman and abseiling forwards down a 120ft Birmingham building to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Chris Nicholls, from Halesowen has chosen to complete his first ever Rap Jump to say thank you to the Plastic Surgeons at the children’s hospital, who are currently caring for his son Harry.

Chris and Harry
Chris and Harry

Fourteen-month-old Harry was born with a condition called Syndactyly, which meant the three outer fingers on both his hands were joined all the way to their tips.

Harry had to wait until he was 12 months old for the surgeons to safely operate. He has so far undergone his first of two operations, with the next one planned for the autumn.

Inspired by the care that Harry has received, the 31 year old dad has decided to take part in the extreme, but fun, event to give something back to the hospital caring for his son.


The only Rap Jump to take place outside of London, Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s event will take place on Saturday 5 September at its near neighbour Wesleyan, on Colemore Circus.

Unlike bungee jumping, the ‘Rap Jumper’ is in control of their descent as they forward abseil down the length of the building. Last year the event attracted dozens of thrill seekers, raising more than £24,000 for the hospital.

Chris hopes that by facing his fears he will be able to raise over £500 for the hospital’s Plastics Department, as he explains:

“This is the first rap jump I’ve ever done and while I am nervous about stepping off the edge, seeing all the great work that everyone does at the hospital will keep me motivated.


“The hospital means the world to me and my family. Whenever we needed support we always felt that nothing was too much trouble, even if it was in the middle of the night.

“We were told as soon as Harry was born that he would need two operations to separate his fingers.

The Plastic Surgeons needed to take skin from both his fused fingers as well as a skin graft from his arms to cover the newly separated fingers.

“The first operation went well and Harry is doing brilliantly. His next operation is booked for November, after which he will be able to leave a happy and healthy life – something we can’t thank the hospital enough for.”

The entry fee for Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Rap Jump is £35, in addition to a recommended minimum sponsorship of £75.

Miranda Williams, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We want to say a massive thank you to Chris for facing his fears and signing up to our second Rap Jump, our most daring event yet.

“Last year’s jump was one of our fundraising highlights and we are sure this year will be equally as successful. Spaces are filling up fast so if you would like to challenge yourself for our hospital in such an exhilarating way please visit bch.org.uk/rapjump.”

For more information or to register visit bch.org.uk/rapjump.

To sponsor Chris please visit his justgiving page: justgiving.com/Chris-Nicholls27.