Death of loving father recognised by joint skydive

(l-r) Daniel Desmond, (38), Tiffany Desmond (16) and Maria Jeffries (22). ''They are set to do a skydive to raise money for the charity Brake after  Shane Jeffries died last July, in a road accident. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (14696-357) PPP-140417-170721001
(l-r) Daniel Desmond, (38), Tiffany Desmond (16) and Maria Jeffries (22). ''They are set to do a skydive to raise money for the charity Brake after Shane Jeffries died last July, in a road accident. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (14696-357) PPP-140417-170721001
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A FAMILY skydive will pay tribute to a loving father, brother and uncle who died in a car crash.

The family hopes to raise money for road safety charity Brake after it supported them through their time of grief, following the death of 25-year-old Shane Jeffries last July.

Shane, from Gosport, had been on his way to work on the A339 between Alton and Basingstoke when he lost control of the car he was in and it veered into the path of an oncoming car.

The other car was moving at the speed limit and Shane died at the scene.

His brother Daniel Desmond, 38, from Gosport, said: ‘Shane was only 25 and had his whole life ahead of him, he left behind two young children and also a loving partner.

‘He was not only my brother but one of my closest friends.’

The family were helped by Brake, through its relative support helpline, and now Shane’s brother Daniel, his sister Maria Jeffries, 23, Shane’s partner Kymberley Jeffries, 25, and his 16-year-old niece Tiffany Desmond are planning to jump 15,000ft out a plane to raise cash for the charity to say thanks.

The foursome will jump on June 20 - Shane’s birthday – and they have already raised more than £2,000.

Daniel said: ‘While in the darkest days of our grief, my family and Shane’s friends found support from Brake.

‘To carry out their valuable work they need charitable financial support, and with being so close to my heart I’ve decided to throw myself out of a plane.

‘The jump is to take place on a very special day – Shane’s birthday and our first without him.’

Shane’s niece Tiffany is the youngest to make the jump and it will coincide with the end of her GCSE exams.

Tiffany, a Year 11 pupil at Cams Hill in Fareham, said: ‘I’ve never done anything like this in my life. When I talk about it I get nervous but when I think about it I’m excited.

‘It’s in memory of my uncle Shane – he and my dad were really close and he would always take us to the beach and get us nice things.’

To make a donation go to justgiving.com/Skydive 4Shane, call 07828 653175 or email heidi.desmond@googlemail.com