'Caring and courageous' teenager, 19, dies in skateboarding accident

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Tributes are being paid to a ‘caring, funny and courageous’ teenager who tragically died in a skateboarding accident.

Max Hamilton, who lost his life in Plymouth on July 27, went on to save six others through organ donation and has been described as a “beautiful soul”.

His mum Tracey said every breath she takes will now be for the 19-year-old, reports Plymouth Live.

“Max’s love for his family was way beyond expectation, he just made life pleasant just having him in our life,” she said.

“He was a beautiful brother to three sisters and he was the most wonderful son. He was never shy or embarrassed giving me a kiss on the cheek in front of his friends. He was such an affectionate and loving son.”

He saved the lives of six others

 

Max who ‘lived and breathed’ skateboarding also worked with his dad as a carpenter and he had a passion for art and design.

Tracey added: “He was just a typical teenager, he loved music and he often played his acoustic guitar.

“He was a proficient skateboarder, he first picked up a skateboard when he was five or six and he also had a keen interest in art, his dream was to work in design.

“Max studied at Plymouth College of Art and he even designed his own skateboard press, he was very entrepreneurial, and he wanted to take that and turn it into a business. He was very bright.

“He wanted to find ways if creating a brand that would encompass his love and passion of the sport, for him skateboarding was a way of expression.”

He was utterly devoted to his family

 

Tracey explained that the family are still coming to terms with the death of Max.

She said: “It is still a massive shock for us all, but Max saved six people by donating his heart, lungs and kidneys. That is the sort of person he was, so courageous and caring.”

A funeral was held for Max on Sunday, August 11, where more than 150 turned out to show their repects.

“His funeral was a show of how loved he really was,” Tracey added.

“We are also putting a memorial at Totnes Skate Park where there will be a piece of equipment that other skateboarders can use.

“There will also be a plaque with his name on it as we want his legacy to live on.”


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A fundraising page was also set up in memory of Max, and Tracey said she wants to continue to raise money so that other parents won’t have to go through what they have.

She said: “We don’t want this to happen to any other parents. Max’s accident was so tragic and we want to design a type of headgear that kids will wear.

“The headgear out there serves a purpose but they aren’t wearing it because it’s just not cool.

“The headgear will be designed by skaters to encourage people to wear protection whilst skateboarding.”

You can contribute to Max’s fundraising  page online here.



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