Skydiving fundraiser in memory of local boy who died from leukaemia (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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Skydiving fundraiser in memory of local boy, Yogesh Parmar, who died from leukaemia in aid of CLIC Sargent
The family of a former St Albans school pupil who lost his fight against leukaemia last year will take on a tandem skydive to smash the Guinness World Record in his memory.
Yogesh Parmar, a former Aboyne Lodge and Verulam School pupil died last year at the age of just 23.
His parents Charlie and Prafula Parmar and his sister Tina, 26, will now join almost 500 intrepid skydivers who will be jumping out of planes over five airfields in south and central England over the weekend of September 14 and 15.
The skydivers’ aim is to raise more than £400,000 for CLIC Sargent, a cancer charity for children and young people and also to smash the Guinness World Record for the most tandem skydives in 24 hours at different venues.
His father explained Yogesh was a popular, funny, generous, positive and hardworking Hertfordshire University student, who was awarded a 2:1 in his degree posthumously.
Mr Parmar, 62, said: "We faced every parent’s worst fear, and we fell over the brink into a grey space when we lost our wonderful and deeply loved son.
"The sky dive is less terrifying than that, and we are doing it to honour Yogesh.
"His fight for survival left us powerless and bereft.
"Doing something to help others helps us find some good among all the sadness, and is exactly the sort of thing he would have done himself."
He added his sons’ classmates kept in touched with the family as Yogesh grew very ill in the weeks leading up to his death, but were still rocked when he died because they had expected him to pull through.
If the sky dive raises £400,000 for CLIC Sargent that they are aiming for from this event, it would be enough to fund seven CLIC Sargent nurses for an entire year.
"We are very excited about the Guinness World Record team skydive and we are hoping that lots of brave people will come forward to help us create a new world record and raise money so we can help children and young people with cancer.", said Lucy Caldicott, director of fundraising for CLIC Sargent.
To sponsor the family’s sky dive visit https://www.justgiving.com/tina-parmar2.
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