The daughter of a man murdered as he confronted a car thief is taking the plunge to help other families struck by tragedy.
Charlotte Armitage is planning a sponsored skydive after dad Dean died following a struggle with burglar David Matthew Sindall outside the family home in Hoyland, Barnsley.
The 49-year-old haulage firm boss was treated for skull fractures on the neurological critical care unit at Royal Hallamshire Hospital for three weeks but never regained consciousness.
Charlotte and her brother Josh’s girlfriend Betsy Rapson hope to raise £1,000 for Neurocare, which funds a hospital relatives’ room and hotel accommodation nearby so loved ones can stay by the side of patients.
Nursery worker Charlotte, 34, of Barnsley, said: “This sponsorship money could help to buy life-saving equipment or help other families in similar situations.”
Many of Dean’s relatives have already completed the Neurocare Head Start run to thank the charity, based at Hunters Bar, and raisescash for life-saving equipment at the Hallamshire.
His wife Mandy was able to stay close to his bedside after he was hospitalised thanks to hospital facilities.
Career criminal Sindall – jailed for life and told he must serve 24 years – punched the father-of-three, causing him to fall and hit his head, after breaking into the family home and stealing the keys to his Range Rover.
Charlotte added: “The relatives’ room meant we could all be there, when we didn’t want to leave dad, and Mandy stayed in the hotel as well so she could be close to him. This was a great comfort knowing we could be close to my dad.
“The staff were amazing, working tirelessly night and day to try to help dad. As a family we were also given the care and support we needed at such a difficult time.
“They were like friends as well, it wasn’t like they were just doing a job, it was like they really cared.”
The pair will complete the skydive on June 15 at Brigg.
Corin McCann, senior fundraiser at Neurocare, said: “The family have been through such a horrific time yet are taking time and effort to support this charity”
n Visit www.justgiving.com/diving-fordean.