Sheffield man does skydive in memory of his mum

19 May 2022

A Sheffield man will take part in a skydive in August in memory of his mum who died of breast cancer. 

Bradley Kirk, 24, is raising money after losing his mum, Sylvia Kirk, who died age 47. 

Mr Kirk said: “She never moaned once. She was such a strong woman. She was incredible.” 

The warehouse manager explained he and his mum tried to book a skydive together but when she fell ill, they had to cancel it. 

After initially beating breast cancer in November 2020, she unfortunately fell ill again in February 2021 and died recently. 

Mr Kirk is raising money for Rotherham Hospice, Cavendish Cancer Care and Independent Carers as he said he’s trying to split the funds amongst everyone that’s been there for him and his mum.

Mrs Kirk, was under the care of Rotherham Hospice, after she chose it because ‘it was a beautiful place’.

Her son said: “They were going above and beyond what they’re paid to do. They’re just a special kind of people and no money will ever repay them but I can at least try and make some sort of difference.”

Mr Kirk will be skydiving on 16 August at Nottingham airfield.

He said: “I’m looking forward to it for her because I know mum will be sitting giggling at the thought of me jumping. I’m terrified but I’m going to do it.”

Mr Kirk initially aimed to raise £500 but increased the target to £1,000 after his fundraising page was inundated with donations. 

Marketing Manager at Rotherham Hospice, Anne-Marie Parkin, explained it’s an honour to be able to look after people and their families when they need it. 

She said: “It’s lovely of Bradley to do this and I will pass his comments on to our nursing staff because it makes their day when they hear stuff like that.”

Mr Kirk also praised Cavendish Cancer Care, who offered support to both himself and his mum.

He said: “They’re still involved now. I thought it might have ended when she passed away but they’ve been brilliant.”

Mr Kirk, who also thanked the independent carers that he paid to look after his mum for their dedication, said: “These people didn’t know my mum, they only knew me but they did it out of the goodness of their heart.”

Written by Reanne Saagar

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