Memorial bench and charity skydive in memory of Sheffield teenager Josh Tyler

Friends and family gather round a bench in memory of Josh Tyler, who was killed on Mansfield Road, Swallownest. Picture: Andrew Roe
Friends and family gather round a bench in memory of Josh Tyler, who was killed on Mansfield Road, Swallownest. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A bench in memory of a popular Sheffield teenager with a love of bikes and cars has been placed just yards from where he tragically died.

Josh Tyler, aged just 16, was killed after he was knocked off his moped on Mansfield Road in Swallownest in April last year.

He was meters away from making it home to Hepworth Drive.

The bench placed on top of Mansfield Road in Swallownest has now become a special place for his friends and family to remember him.

In addition, his older sister Jodie is set to sky dive from 30,000 feet with her boyfriend Callum to raise money for Brake, the road safety charity, in his memory.

“Josh was on his way home from been out with his friends on his scooter when a car came on the wrong side of the road,” Jodie said.

“Josh never deserved any of this.

“He was a good boy who had his whole life planned out. He will be missed every second of every day. He never did anything to hurt anyone.

“He was the nicest, most caring beautiful lad, and I’m sure he still will be the same beautiful lad up with the angels. He was so kind, he helped absolutely anyone.”

Brake’s community fundraising manager, Lisa Kendall, said: “As a small charity that relies on fundraising, Brake is extremely grateful to Jodie and Callum for going to such lengths to support Brake’s work.

“Sometimes, taking part in, or organising a fundraising challenge in memory of a loved one can be a very positive way to honour their memory.”

Josh, a pupil at Aston Academy and a lover of bikes, scooters and 4x4s, had been looking forward to starting his apprenticeship in engineering and fabrication before he died. Hundreds lined the streets on the day of his funeral last year to pay their respects.

Many of his friends and teachers also held a special assembly on the school field where students from all years let off balloons in his memory.

To donate to Jodie’s charity skydive, visit www.gofundme.com/pqxtkxxw