A friend of a much-loved young man who sadly died earlier this year is set to take part in a charity skydive in his memory.
Bethany Cousins will take on the daring challenge at the end of November – almost ten months after the tragic death of 18-year-old Adam Elliott, of Brockwell. You can sponsor her by clicking here.
The 19-year-old, who is fundraising for the Mental Health Foundation, said: “Adam was, without a doubt, the most selfless person any of us could have met.
“He got along with everybody and could walk into any room, crack a joke and put a smile on everybody’s face.
“He was also extremely bright and admirable and I know he is missed by a great amount of people.”
Bethany, who is studying criminology at Leeds Beckett University, added: “I decided to take part in the skydive as for ages I have had personal views on mental health and believe it is such a big issue which is particularly hard to tackle especially with the lack of funding from the Government. Sometimes people don’t realise just how serious it is until unfortunately it’s too late.”
Adam was a first-year computer science student at York St John University.
He was found hanged in his student accomodation with a note expressing an intention to take his life. The note also stated he was depressed.
His inspirational mum Debbie Newton – who described her son as ‘truly wonderful’ – has now set up the Sudden Loss Support Group in Adam’s memory.
Debbie, of Chesterfield, said: “We’ve always said that Adam had some wonderful friends – and for Bethany to do this in memory of him gives us great comfort to know that they are still thinking of him. Adam would be proud to call Bethany his friend.
“We wish Bethany luck in her skydive and would like to say a very big thank you to her.”