Mum does zipwire for charity

Shophie Charlesworth from Upton. Completed a zip wire run from the top of Xscape in aid of Group B Strep Support. A rare condition which took the life of her 15 hours old son, Jake, on Mother's Day, 2011. Sophie is pictured with her partner & father of Jake, James Reynolds, son Owen.'h6352a139
Shophie Charlesworth from Upton. Completed a zip wire run from the top of Xscape in aid of Group B Strep Support. A rare condition which took the life of her 15 hours old son, Jake, on Mother's Day, 2011. Sophie is pictured with her partner & father of Jake, James Reynolds, son Owen.'h6352a139

AN UPTON mum took part in a zipwire challenge to raise awareness of a deadly infection that killed her baby son.

Sophie Charlesworth, 23, sailed 220 metres down the 40m-high zipwire at Xscape, Pontefract, earlier this month to raise money for Group B Strep Support.

Her son, Jake Reynolds, died from the infection fifteen hours after being born on Mother’s Day this year.

Group B Streptococcus is a usually harmless bacteria that can cause septicaemia, pneumonia or meningitis in newborn babies. Jake developed septicaemia.

Miss Charlesworth said: “We wanted to raised awareness of Group B Strep because it is more common than people think.

“The charity set up the zipwire event and I wanted to take part to raise funds for them. I’ve got around £150 so far but I am still collecting my sponsorship in.

“When Jake was born he was grunting and he was taken to the special care unit.

“At first they thought something was wrong with his heart but blood tests revealed it was Group B Strep. He died when he was 15 hours old. We didn’t even realise we were going to lose him.”

Visit www.gbss.org.uk for more information about Group B Strep Support or to donate.