TEN brave friends are taking to the skies to leap 13,000ft from a plane in memory of a South Tyneside mum.
Taking part in a skydive is something dad-of-two Davy Carr has always wanted to do.
Now, he is set to achieve one of his life’s ambitions next week, in memory of his beloved wife Joanne, who died from non-specific hepatitis after a replacement liver failed to be found in time.
The skydive – organised in tribute to the 41-year-old to mark the first anniversary of her death on August 14 – is in aid of the charity Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside.
Joining him on the skydive are his brother Mark Carr and friends Paul Reed, Rachael Kassae, Lynsey Carmichael, Jay Craig, Ronnie Blackburn, Angela Faill, Andrew Barclay and Alan Rutherford.
Monies raised will be put towards a £30,000 target that the Cruse Crew – which includes Mr Carr and other South Tyneside families affected by the death of a loved one – are trying to raise to enable the charity to bring its children’s bereavement support service to South Tyneside.
The charity already offers bereavement support to adults in the borough, however, children and young people wanting to access the support have to travel to Newcastle.
Mr Carr, 40, from Cedar Drive, Jarrow, turned to the charity for support for his two sons Ben, 10, and Keelan, 18, after their mum’s death.
He said: “When Joanne died, she left a huge hole in all our hearts. I wanted to do something special to mark the first anniversary of her death.
“Doing a skydive is one of the activities I’ve always wanted to do, and by raising money for a charity which has given myself and my two sons so much support since Joanne died, to me, I couldn’t think of a more fitting tribute to her memory.
“And to be joined by some of our friends who are also doing the jump will make the occasion even more special.”
The skydive will take place at Peterlee Parachute Centre on August 16.
To sponsor Mr Carr, or any of the other skydivers visit www.justgiving.com/david-carr8/