Michael Sutton's 15,000ft skydive in memory of baby brother Joshua
A HULL man is taking on a challenge to raise money in memory of his baby brother.
Michael Sutton, 28, was just 7 years old when his brother Joshua died in 1990.
Joshua contracted meningococcal septicaemia and died aged just one day.
Michael was expected to complete a 15,000ft skydive today to raise funds for the Meningitis Research Foundation.
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He said: "My youngest brother, Joshua, would have been 21 in December 2011 but, unfortunately, he was taken from us the day after he was born.
"As a seven-year-old, it was the hardest thing to understand that my younger brother would not be coming home with my mum and dad.
"God only knows how hard it must have been for them.
"I had been thinking of how I could do something to honour his memory and I have always wanted to do a skydive, so thought I could combine the two and raise money for a good cause."
Michael, of west Hull, was due to be supported by his family and friends during his tandem skydive in Hibaldstow, North Lincolnshire, today.
He said he was looking forward to the challenge and hopes to raise awareness of the charity, as well as money for research to help others in the future.
He said: "I feel excited. It's not natural to throw yourself out of a plane but I'm looking forward to it. It's a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity."
Michael, who set himself a target of £1,000, has already raised £2,200.
He said he would welcome more donations.
"I'm really happy I've raised more than £1,000," said Michael. "The more money I raise, the more people I will be able to help.
"It's a really good feeling.
"The money will hopefully help people now and in the future.
"I want to raise awareness of the illness and the work the charity does.
"They do so much to try to eradicate this awful disease and hopefully will help prevent others having to endure the heartache our family has felt."
Chris Head, chief executive of the Meningitis Research Foundation, praised Michael for his efforts.
He said the money he has raised will make a huge benefit to the charity.
Chris said: "We are extremely grateful to Michael for taking on this challenge as we really rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia.
"Every penny raised through his jump will make a huge difference and enable us to continue our work."
Visit www.justgiving.com/sutty13 to sponsor Michael.