Fundraiser launched for Sheffield ‘friend and brother’ after tragic sudden death aged 24

Friends of a Sheffield man described as a ‘top friend and a brother’ have launched a fundraiser to pay for his funeral after he died suddenly aged just 24.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 9:54 am

Alex Hardwick, who lived on East Bank Road near Heeley, died suddenly on March 21.

Now his friend has set up a campaign online to help Alex’s family pay for his funeral.

Archie Siddall, who set up the fundraiser, said: “He was a top friend and a brother. He was hard working and had a bubbly personality and when he walked in the room he lit it up with his smile.

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Alex Hardwick - Credit: Archie Siddall

"He would do anything for anyone. When I was sad he would make me happy. He was one of those people everyone needs as a friend.”

Alex’s employer Right Mix Concrete Ltd, of Darnall, also paid tribute to him.

They said: “Alex worked at Right Mix for over 5 years progressing to a qualified and well respected pump operator, loved by colleagues and customers alike.

"He will always be remembered for his charm, good humour and that cheeky grin that got him out of trouble on a few occasions! Our deepest sympathies are with his nan Angela, Lauren and his friends and family.”

The Hot Griddle sandwich van, which served Alex daily, said: “We have been given the sad news that our customer, our friend, our little pain Alex Hardwick has passed.

"I can't begin to tell you how much you will be missed and that the sandwich van will never be the same. I will miss your beautiful smile, your crazy dance moves and your annoying, outgoing character. Who will I throw out the door now and who will shout 'love you' when they exit.”

And commenting on the GoFundMe page, Lauren Wild wrote: “Oh Alex.... such sad news that you've gone! You was a laughter and half when you came to mine and Adams a couple months back! Sending love too all Alex's Friends and Family.”

More than £3,000 has been raised towards the funeral so far, with 112 people having donated at the time of writing.