In memory of his father who died following a skiing accident, a 21-year-old is skydiving to raise money and awareness for brain injury charity Headway.
Lewis Clarke, of Berkeley Avenue, Grantham says the charity supported him and his family after his father Andy’s tragic accident while skiing in Italy in January 2011. It left Andy in a coma for 15 months, from which he never came out.
“Headway helped me and my family by providing us with ongoing support and information during such a difficult time,” explains Lewis. “Sadly, the injuries my dad sustained were too severe and he lost his life in 2012. He is forever loved and missed.
“The support Headway gave us meant that we were able to spend precious time with him and helped us to better understand and come to terms with the situation.”
Lewis who is currently studing sports science at university, has decided to leap 10,000ft on July 11 in a tandem skydive with housemate Mackenzie Newton-Jones.
Lewis said: “I’ve always wanted to do it. I know people who have and they say it’s brilliant. I am quite adventurous and active, like my dad. It’s a tribute to him.”
His grandparents, John and Angela Clarke, are extremely proud of what he is doing and have been spreading the word about the fund-raising and the importance of Headway. Angela added: “Andy was an experienced skier, and he loved it. It can happen to anyone.”
To sponsor Lewis and Mack go to www.justgiving.com/Lewis-Clarke58