Sunbed-tragedy teen’s funeral will benefit air ambulance

FINAL FAREWELL... Grant Adams with girlfriend Sharna Gardner.
FINAL FAREWELL... Grant Adams with girlfriend Sharna Gardner.

MOURNERS are asked to donate to the charity which tried to save the life of a South Tyneside teen who died after a freak accident.

Grant Adams’ funeral will be held at 12.30pm on Thursday at South Shields Crematorium in John Reid Road.

As well as celebrating the life of the keen amateur boxer and dad-to-be, mourners will also be asked to make a donation to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

The air ambulance helicopter flew the 17-year-old to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary after he fell into a sunbed at his home in South Frederick Street, South Shields, at 9am on Sunday.

One of the sunbed’s glass tubes pierced the jugular of Grant, who had just finished a bricklaying apprenticeship with Carillon Gateshead, and he then fell down a flight of stairs.

Despite surgery, doctors were unable to wake Grant, who was due to become a father in August with girlfriend Sharna Gardner, 15, from The Ridgeway, Cleadon Park, expecting their daughter Rhkiya Mae.

Grant, who lived with his mum Amanda Smedley, died on Monday afternoon.

But he will pass on the gift of life to others after his family took the decision to donate his vital organs.

Aunt Michelle Kelly, who tried to save her nephew’s life by stemming the flow of blood, said the family have been inundated with messages of sympathy since the tragedy.

She added: “People can send flowers if they wish, but the family thought it would be nice to collect some money for the air ambulance service which took Grant to the RVI.”

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