BRAVE Kelly Bradley has thanked the Post and Times for helping her raise more than £2,000 in memory of big brother Dan, who tragically took his own life in March 2012.
The Post and Times ran an article earlier this year publicising the dental nurse’s sponsored skydive.
She had aimed to raise £500 for suicide prevention charity PAPYRUS, but the ‘unbelievable’ public support she has received since the article has pushed her total over the £2,000-mark.
And there are still three months of fund-raising to go.
Dawnie’s Cafe, in Uttoxeter, and Miss Bradley’s fitness instructor have taken sponsorship forms to help her efforts.
And collection boxes have been set up at the Ashbourne Road Spar shop and Uttoxeter Dental Practice, where Miss Bradley works.
She said: “The article the papers ran has helped so much and I just want to thank Uttoxeter News for supporting me.
“I thought that, if I managed £500, it would be great, but I’ve had to throw targets out of the window now.
“The support from my friends and the people of Uttoxeter has been nothing short of overwhelming.
“People who don’t even know me and didn’t know Dan are all putting a few pounds in the collection boxes, which is wonderful to see.”
Miss Bradley will perform the skydive in Nottingham on March 23 - a date between Dan’s 36th birthday and the anniversary of his death.
The mother-of-two said she would ‘do anything’ to prevent families having to go through what hers has.
And she said that, although she is not worried about leaping from a plane over a Nottingham airfield, she will probably feel the nerves as the event approaches.
She said: “She said: “I felt I wanted to do something in Dan’s memory and thought a skydive would be appropriate because it’s something he’d have loved to have done.
“I think he’ll be up there with me when I jump, which I’m sure will be incredibly scary.
“Who knows, he might even give me a friendly push if I’m dragging my heels.”
The 29-year-old mum-of-two is keen to raise awareness of PAPYRUS, which was formed to prevent suicide among young people.
She said: “There aren’t many charities out there dedicated to helping people with who may be under threat of suicide and I want to donate and raise awareness of their work.
“They work closely with people with mental health problems in an effort to stop the worst happening.
“I hadn’t heard of them before I lost Dan and, when I’ve mentioned it to others, they haven’t heard about them either.
“You never know if a member of your family, a friend or even yourself might need them in the future.”
Anyone who wants to donate to Miss Bradley can do so online at www.justgiving.com/kelly-bradley4.