Lewis takes to the skies in memory of Pompey fan Tom

Lewis Grady's parachute jump for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust
Lewis Grady's parachute jump for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust
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BRAVE Lewis Grady decided the sky was the limit when he took part in a skydive for a local charity.

The 31-year-old raised over £700 for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust through the extreme fundraiser.

And donations are still flooding in via his web page.

The trust – which was set up in memory of Southsea teenager Tom Prince shortly after his death from bone cancer osteosarcoma – holds a special place in Lewis’ heart.

Tom died in 2004 the day before his 16th birthday, and Lewis’ little brother Ross, now 22, was one of his closest friends.

Lewis, also pictured on the front page, said: ‘Seeing Tom go through that was hard, and because my brother was the same age it really brought it home to me just how young he was.

‘We knew the Prince family well and seeing them bury their son was horrible.

‘It was hard for all of Tom’s friends too because they were still at school and so young to go through something like that.

‘Ever since then I’ve always wanted to do something in Tom’s memory.

‘I’ve done little bits for the trust in the past, but never anything as big as this on my own.’

Lewis, from Eastern Road, Milton, added: ‘It feels amazing now that I’ve done it. It’s the biggest adrenaline rush I’ve ever had, but the best thing about it was knowing that I was raising money for Tom.’

Tom’s mum Adele, dad Clinton and sister Emma work tirelessly towards their £1m target to fund research into the rare condition.

Since founding the trust, they have raised £630,000 with the help of The News’ Blue Day campaigns.

Clinton said: ‘It’s touching to see that after all these years there are still so many people that want to support us.

‘It shows that he was a very well-loved little boy and that he had a lasting impact on them, which is heart-warming.

‘But although we raise the money in Tom’s name, it’s not for him – it’s for all the kids out there who might need it.’

Donations are still being collected for Lewis’ skydive at bmycharity.com/skydivingfortom