Years ago 40-year-old Kelly Simms and her son, Breon Simms, made a pact to complete a charity skydive together for Kelly’s 40th birthday. Kelly will now complete the skydive in memory of her son on what would have been his 19th birthday on September 05. He died on February 08 following a car accident. 

Seven months on from Breon’s death Kelly is determined to keep Breon’s name alive. Kelly will brave her fear of heights carrying her favourite photo of her son. She will also be joined on the skydive by seven family and friends when she takes off from an airfield in Northamptonshire.

Kelly, of Wyken in Coventry, who has already exceeded her £400 fundraising target, said: “My son was a lovely, beautiful, funny boy.

“He played pranks on me and made me laugh all the time. He was my angel walking on earth. Now I want to fly with my angel, even if only for a short time, and I want to help Coventry and Warwickshire Mind because mental health is a subject close to my heart and I know it’s a charity that has supported so many people.”

Kay St Clair, Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s chief executive, said: “We are all in awe of Kelly’s bravery here at the charity, especially in light of the tragic loss of her son, and are delighted we have been chosen to benefit from her skydive. Every penny she raises will help those of us experiencing mental health problems in Coventry and Warwickshire, which we hope gives Kelly some comfort at this difficult time.”

Something else Kelly was determined to fill following her son’s death with the help of social media users was Breon’s dream of travelling the world. After setting up a Facebook page calling for help, Kelly has been heartened by the reactions of strangers who have taken Breon’s photo with them on their travels and posted the images on Facebook with the hashtag #BreonsWorld. His photo has already visited more than 60 countries with famous sites including the Taj Mahal in India, Central Square in New York and The Rock of Gibraltar.

Kelly said: “The reaction’s been overwhelming. It’s that photo, his smile, his happy eyes, that’s why I think people have taken him to their hearts.”

Sponsor Kelly’s skydive at her fundraising page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kelly-simms1