A Mt Hawthorn couple participate in the 2014 abseil at Princess Margaret Hospital

Fiona Elmer, Kim Dupuy and Daniel Loden abseiling down the Woodside building for PMH.
Fiona Elmer, Kim Dupuy and Daniel Loden abseiling down the Woodside building for PMH.

FIONA Elmer and Daniel Loden wanted to give something back to Princess Margaret Hospital.

The Mt Hawthorn couple have been frequent visitors since Ms Elmer’s two-year-old son Aidan was born.

To thank staff for their ongoing support, the couple, alongside friend Kim Dupuy, decided to join 390 others for the 2014 abseil for PMH last week .

‘By abseiling and raising awareness of the work PMH have done, I felt like we were giving something back,’ Ms Elmer said.

‘Also, sometimes as a parent, you have to hand your child over to the care of others because they need special attention and this can feel disempowering.’

At the time of registering for the abseil, the family did not have a diagnosis for Aidan’s condition. However, two weeks before the event, their worst fears were confirmed and Aidan was diagnosed with mitochondrial disorder.

‘My abseil became so much more important because we will require continued care from PMH for Aidan’s entire life,’ Ms Elmer said.

The team raised more than $5000.