The mother of a 17-year-old girl who died unexpectedly and donated her organs, saviong four lives, says she is overwhelmed at the response to her urgent fundraiser appeal.
Former Ecclesfield School pupil Skye Thompson was having a normal day until she started fitting in front of her heartbroken family in October 2015.
She was rushed to the city’s Northern General Hospital – but doctors were unable to save her and she died a short time later after suffering a bleed on the brain.
The 17-year-old had reportedly been unaware that she had a urinary tract infection, which had caused her temperature to spike and led to the fit.
Skye’s uncle, Scott Thompson, said her parents, Helen, aged 33, and Peter, 45, of High Green, made the decision to donate her organs as she would have wanted to help others.
On Tuesday, Helen appealed online to find a band for a fundraiser in Skye’s honour for what would have been her 18th birthday.
The charity event, set to be held at Tankersley Manor tomorrow, required a new band to play the event after the one that was due to play cancelled at the last minute.
Helen’s appeal, shared by almost 600 people on The Star’s Facebook page, said: “On a normal Friday in October 2015 my daughter skye was taken to the Northern General Hospital after I found her at home unconscious and fitting.
“We were told that Skye would not recover and she passed away on the Saturday.
“I made the decision to donate her organs and now four people live on even though she doesn’t.
On Friday I am holding a fundraising event in her memory she would have been 18 on the 28th.
“I had a band that had volunteered to play be due to circumstances beyond their control they have had to cancel.
“I am in need of a band to play for me and do a couple of spots. The event is at Tankersley Manor and starts at 7.30pm, thank you in advance.”
After the response on social media, Helen posted on The Star’s Facebook page: “Thanks again to everyone who has helped with my appeal to find a band.
“Yet again I think Skye Thompson will be loving all the attention.
“I have been in contact with a couple of guys who have offered to help, so fingers crossed everything will check out with my venue and we will be back on track.
“I can’t express how grateful and overwhelmed I am by the kindness and support of everyone that has commented and shared my posts. You are all incredible.
“For anyone that has contacted I am getting round to replying. Thank you.”