Ahead of the Commonwealth Games, a mother will take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay on Sunday in place of her 14-year-old girl, Sky Gardner, who died of coronary heart disease in March. Skye was nominated by her school teachers for her desire to never give up on the ups and downs of life. Unfortunately, Skye, who was excited that she was nominated for Riley, never found out she had been accepted.
Instead, now, his mother Laura will take part in the relay that arrives in her area, Wolverhampton, when the baton will be dramatically parachuted from a helicopter.
“In her 14 years, she overcame a number of health issues, including bleeding on the brain, cardiac arrest and two open-heart surgeries, as well as several other procedures and surgeries,” the mother told reporters.
️ “It’s an honor to do this in her memory. She was a really special young lady.”
The memory of notable Wolverhampton teenager Sky Gardner will be honored this month as her mother conducts the Queen’s Baton Relay in her place.
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Skye lost her battle with coronary heart disease, dying in her sleep on March 10 during a school residential visit.
“Sky was really honored and excited to be nominated for Riley, but she never knew she had been accepted. It was an honor to do so in her memory. She was a really special young lady.” Skye’s mother Laura said.
Councilor Steve Evans, Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for the City’s Environment and Climate Change, said: “I am really impressed by Skye’s story and the courage and determination she has shown throughout her life. He was an inspiration to family, but also to his friends and his school and this was reflected in his enrollment as a baton-bearer.
“The Commonwealth Games are about bringing communities together to recognize the remarkable people who live in them and the identity they have created.
“Sky was one of these people and I wish Laura all the best as she runs in honor of her daughter.”
The relay will begin at 8 a.m. with a parachute drop by The Wings Parachute Team, culminating with a ceremony at Queen’s Square before taking on a road relay tour of the city. Games will begin in the city of Birmingham on 28 July.