51 Year Old Wrexham Woman to Skydive for a Noble Cause in Memory of Brother

Published 09/06/2023, 8:54 AM EDT

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Sandra Roberts, a determined resident of Wrexham, is preparing to embark on a thrilling skydiving journey. She does this for a profound purpose—to honor the memory of her brother, Brian Roberts. She is also supporting the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a mental health charity.

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In a heartfelt statement, Sandra shared, “I am propelled by this to help others suffering similar issues. This means the world to me to be able to do this fundraiser, in his memory.”

A Grief-Fueled Inspiration

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Three years ago, Sandra’s life changed when she tragically lost her beloved brother, Brian, to suicide. Brian, a local postman in Wrexham for a significant part of his life, passed away at the age of 50. Sandra reflects, “We lost him at 50, and it is the most painful thing to continue without him. There’s not a day goes by where I don’t think of him.”

Along with honoring the memory of her brother, the deep desire to bring attention to the taboo subject of suicide also fuels Sandra. She believes that by openly discussing the issue, we can encourage others to seek alternative solutions to their problems. She passionately asserts, “You have left a shell of yourself after losing someone this way. But my fundraising is giving me a purpose to bring suicide out into the open and try to persuade others that things can change and this is not the only route to take.

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Sandra’s tandem skydive will take place on March 16, 2024, a date chosen to coincide with what would have been Brian’s birthday month. She also firmly believes that her late brother would have been “shocked but proud” of her audacious fundraising endeavor. Ardagh’s support plays a major role in this memorial jump. Ardagh is a metal processing company that played a pivotal role in Brian’s early career as an apprentice electrician. Sandra expressed her heartfelt gratitude, saying, “I am beyond words, grateful for this generosity. I cried.”

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Marching Towards March 16

Thanks to Ardagh’s benevolence, Sandra is inching closer to her fundraising target of £1,500. The community has rallied behind her cause, with several businesses offering assistance and support. Sandra extends her appreciation to these businesses, stating, “I am so grateful; it means so much to me.” Businesses like Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Blades Barbers, M&S, Odeon cinema, Nandos, Village Bakery, Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Plas Coch pub, Sure to Please, Boots, Pizza Express, and her colleagues at the Maelor Hospital have shown unwavering support through donations for raffles and fundraising efforts.

As Sandra gears up for her skydiving feat, the community’s backing and the memory of her brother, Brian, will undoubtedly serve as powerful motivators. Her leap from the skies represents not only a tribute to a cherished sibling but also a beacon of hope and a clarion call to address the heartbreaking consequences of suicide openly.

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Anirudh Kidambi covers Viral Sports Moments at EssentiallySports, and has been an avid writer for over 3 years. Apart from following Formula 1, eSports and cricket, he loves to read and swim whenever he gets the chance to. If you don’t see him in front of his laptop writing, gaming or watching movies, you can find him actively participating in local quiz clubs.
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