Wing Walk: The adventurous Worthing dad lifts Chestnut Tree House into the air for children’s hospice

Dave Munn with his daughter Dani when she was pregnant in 2015

Dave Munn is raising money for the Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, which has supported his daughter Dani during her pregnancy and after the birth of her sleeping baby Violet.

Dave will be strapped to a plane at breathtaking speeds of up to 130mph and will enjoy stunning views as he takes off from Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent at 10am on Sunday 21st August.

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He said: “I’ve always wanted to do a wing walk and this is the perfect opportunity to give back to Chestnut Tree House after they have done everything for Violet and our family.

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“A few years ago I found out that my daughter was expecting my first grandchild. I was so excited for the big day that I would be Pops! I dreamed of the things we would see and do together. I looked forward to holding her hand and cuddling her. Finally the big day came when my granddaughter came into this world.

“All those dreams were shattered when Violet died in childbirth. I couldn’t understand what happened to Violet and my daughter. This amazing charity was there for my daughter and her partner and helped them accept and ease the pain of what happened happened and is happening now.”

Dani Munn found out she was pregnant in 2015 and was looking forward to becoming a mother for the first time.

She said: “I couldn’t help but shop for baby items. I would dream of our first home, the gender of our child, whether we would be early or late. I was due just after the New Years, such an exciting time awaiting a child.”

Concerns were raised at her 12-week scan as Violet’s nape crease measured unusually high on the back of her neck.

Dani said: “I was sent for further tests and after six months it was confirmed that Violet had serious complications which drastically restricted the growth of her chest. We were told that she could never breathe and that she had a five percent chance of survival.

“I remember sitting in the counselor’s chair. Time stood still. I forgot to breathe. The air was taken right out of my lungs and my world was swept away from under my feet. The counselors advised me to end the pregnancy the way Violet should have with an early miscarriage — but she’s been a fighter.”

During this difficult time, the Chestnut Tree House family was introduced. The team provided assistance with hospital appointments and assistance with transport, as well as introducing the family to the bereavement suite.

At 34 weeks, on November 9, 2015 at 1:19 am Violet Nora Denholm-Munn was born asleep. The family took her to the Chestnut Tree House, where they spent three precious days with her before saying goodbye.

Dani said: “These three days have been a blessing that I have always been so grateful for. We spent the time at the Chestnut Tree House, they fed us and gave us a place to sleep so we could be close to Violet. We were able to spend time with our daughter and they helped us take casts of her hands and feet, arrange a funeral and the team was there 24/7 to take care of us.

“Even now, years later, we go back to her memorial garden and take a quiet moment to commemorate our daughter. Twice a year they also open their doors to the bereaved to commemorate their children together.

“Without this wonderful charity, we wouldn’t have had half the support we have. You will always have a special place in our hearts. I just want to say a big thank you to my dad for remembering his granddaughter so beautifully.”

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