Teens raise £1,000 in memory of Grant Adams

Youngsters at Ocean Road CA are handing over cash  to the Great North Air Ambulance Service from a fund raiser event which they held in honour of their friend Grant Adams. Front from left Grants mother Amanda Smedley with partner and daughter Sharna Gardner and Rhkiya-Mae Adams aged 1.  Back from left Scott Lancaster, Brandon Allan and Jack Simpson with Great North Air Ambulance Dianne Walker
Youngsters at Ocean Road CA are handing over cash to the Great North Air Ambulance Service from a fund raiser event which they held in honour of their friend Grant Adams. Front from left Grants mother Amanda Smedley with partner and daughter Sharna Gardner and Rhkiya-Mae Adams aged 1. Back from left Scott Lancaster, Brandon Allan and Jack Simpson with Great North Air Ambulance Dianne Walker

Friends of a South Tyneside dad who died tragically after a freak accident have raised £1,000 in his memory.

Grant Adams died after falling into a upright sunbed at his home in South Frederick Street, Laygate, South Shields, in June last year and bled to death.

Grant Adams

Grant Adams

Despite being flown by the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, medics were unable to save him.

He passed away just weeks before his baby daughter Rhkiya-Mae was born on August 15.

The 17-year-old, who was a bricklayer, was also a member of North East Combinations, a DJ-ing and MC-ing group based at Ocean Road Community Centre in South Shields.

In tribute to their fellow performer, friends decided to host two rave events at the centre last year to raise funds for the GNAA which tried to save his life.

Yesterday, a cheque for £1,000 was handed over to the charity.

Sharlene Irving, receptionist, said: “Grant was a member of the group for many years and his friends all wanted to do to something in his memory. They held the two rave nights last year and charged £5 per ticket and people were also able to donate their change.

“I think they’re all really pleased with how much they managed to raise.

“The cheque was handed over and Grant’s family came along too.”