Sheffield teen’s skydive in memory of friend

Paige Salt, at the Barnardo's shop in Frecheville, is planning a skydive in memory of her best friend.
Paige Salt, at the Barnardo's shop in Frecheville, is planning a skydive in memory of her best friend.
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A plucky teenager from Sheffield plans to plummet thousands of feet in a daring skydive in memory of her best friend.

Kyle Hancock was aged 18 when he fell victim to sudden arrhythmic death syndrome, known as SADs, dying suddenly in his university halls of residence.

The fit and healthy, sports-mad Owls fan didn’t have any obvious health problems – instead he simply fell asleep in the early hours and never woke up.

Since then his dad Ian and mum Debbie, who live at Bradwell in the Peak District, have supported the good cause Cardiac Risk In The Young, collecting £10,000.

Now friend Paige Salt, 18, from Lodge Moor, is organising a skydive later this year to add to the fundraising total.

“I’m just trying to get sponsorship and raise awareness,” said the former Sheffield City College student, who is currently volunteering in a charity shop.

“Kyle was like a brother to me.

“He was a Wednesday fan and I was United fan, so we always debated who was the better team and had a laugh.

“I felt broken when he died, it was just horrible. I’ve been doing charity work ever since.”

Paige added: “It’ll be my first skydive. I’m so excited about it, but I feel nervous as well. I need £450 to £500 to be able to do the training and the dive itself. I’d risk my life for Kyle doing anything.”

SADs is caused when someone has a disturbed heart rhythm which brings on a cardiac arrest, even though the victim has no structural heart disease.

Kyle was a student at UCA Farnham in Surrey.

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