Ryan Joe Sweatman was born on October 8th 1992 to Gina and Paul, Danny, Carly and Holly. We now believe he was sent to us to ease the pain of losing his brother Joe, to meningitis. Unfortunately, we now know he was only lent to us as we sadly lost him, also cruelly to meningitis, on January 6th 2012.

There is so much we could say about Ryan, but the one outstanding thing about him was his love for his friends and family. He always thought of others before himself and when you needed a hug he was always there to give it to you before you could ask for one. His maturity in dealing with the loss of his stepdad last year whilst studying at Paston was amazing.

Ryan attended Sprowston First School followed by Tunstead Primary School and then went onto Broadland High School where he met so many of his friends who remained to stay close to him. He then went to Paston College to take his A levels which took him to Sheffield Hallam University to study Sports Development and Coaching which would possibly lead him into High School Teaching. Although we were going to miss him, we couldn’t have been more proud of him. 

Ryan was such a fantastic baby, very quiet and always sleeping – much like his teenage years. He would put up with being pulled around in a cardboard box by his sister Holly and loved to dance to Top of the Pops when it came on the TV. He has always loved football – playing it, watching it and analysing it with his friends and family. As you all know – his biggest passion was Norwich City Football Club and all that went with it, especially going to the matches with his Dad, Danny, Tom and Luke. Music and films were also a great passion of Ryan’s, along with the odd game of golf and of course FIFA! 

We have been hearing so many good things about Ryan, through his friends and of course on his Facebook page about his kindness, his sense of humour, his consideration for others, his love for his friends, his love for music, clubs and of course Subways and Jager Bombs. We are not sure how he managed to find time to attend College and University with all the socialising that went on – if indeed he did! 

We don’t how to thank all his friends in Norwich and Sheffield, they have played such a massive part in Ryan’s life and without you all he wouldn’t have had all the good times and amount of fun in the last couple of years. 

We cannot end this tribute without talking about the bond Ryan had with his brother Danny, sisters Carly and Holly, together with their other halves – Suse, Tom and Joe and also Hayley, stepbrother Luke and stepsister Laura and their partners Laura and Darryl. They all loved each other so much and they will never get over the loss of Ryan, but they will have such precious memories of the most lovable, caring person you could ever wish for in your family. 

As for us, Mum and Dad, our hearts are broken and we question – why Ryan, but we gain our strength to get through this terrible sadness with the help of our friends and family – just as Ryan would have wanted. We love you so much Ryan and are so proud, honoured and blessed to have been chosen to be your Mum and Dad and we will miss you forever.

Updates 1

Meningitis Researc Foundation have just updated the offline total. This includes money from Ryan's Fun Run, Aylsham High School, lots of runs and much more. Thank you everyone who has given in memory of Ryan Sweatman.

05/12/13 12:41

Raising money for

Meningitis Research Foundation

Meningitis Research Foundation

Charity Registration No. England 1091105,SC037586, Ireland CHY 12030

Meningitis Research Foundation funds research to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, and to improve survival rates and outcomes. The Foundation promotes education and awareness to reduce death and disability, and gives support to people affected.

Donations 696

Donation by Tom Hill on 21/03/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Thank you Landamores Fish & Chip Shop, Coltishall for another collection tin x

Donation by Gina on 13/03/14


Congratulations on a fantastic awareness & fund raising week at AHS

Donation by Philippa on 22/02/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 08/02/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Thinking of you always mate x

Donation by Josh Lewer on 01/02/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid


Collection tin and sale of wristbands from Landamores Fish & Chip Shop, Coltishall. Thanks again Mark & Jane xx

Donation by GINA WESTON on 26/01/14



Just because. Xxxxxx

Donation by Rebecca Andrews on 17/01/14


just a little something, thinking of you as always 💕

Donation by Jemma on 14/01/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Small donations put together :)

Donation by Laurence Wright on 08/01/14


+ £28.75 Gift Aid

Every time Jim mentions this on facebook I think, "Would I buy Ryan a drink if I met him?", so here it is.

Donation by Will on 06/01/14


Another donation from friends for my 50th birthday.

Donation by Kim Shearwood on 31/12/13


Landamores Fish & Chip Shop £26.08/Wristbands £8.00/Collection tin in the house £16.27. Thanks everyone!

Donation by Gina Weston on 06/12/13


Donations from my 50th birthday party

Donation by Kim Shearwood on 02/12/13


+ £10.05 Gift Aid

Happy 21st Ryan, thinking of you as always xxxxx

Donation by Ben Dixon on 08/10/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid


Proceeds from another collection tin and sale of Remember Ryan Wristbands from Landamores Fish & Chip Shop, Coltishall. Thank you xx

Donation by GINA WESTON on 05/10/13



A donation from Trevor at The Kings Head, Coltishall. Thank you xx

Donation by GINA WESTON on 05/10/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

For a cause and for a family which mean so much x

Donation by James and Laura O'Beirne on 27/09/13


+ £18.75 Gift Aid


A further donation for my 50th Birthday Fundraiser x

Donation by GINA WESTON on 30/08/13



My 50th Birthday donations, Raffle, Bar 50p's & donation from the Supper. £135 sent direct. £925.00 was raised..Thank you so much xxxxx

Donation by GINA WESTON on 22/08/13


Those rules look too complicated for me so I thought I'd take the easier option and donate the money leaves me more time to concentrate on beating Danny at golf! :)

Donation by Barry Ellis on 17/08/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

I'm not much good at the fantasy football so thought I would just donate the money x

Donation by Jenny Coles on 14/08/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid


Another Collection Tin from Landamores Fish & Chip Shop, Coltishall. Thank you so much xx

Donation by GINA WESTON on 08/08/13


Donation by Anonymous on 03/08/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid


Sale of Remember Ryan Wristbands at Landamores Fish & Chip Shop, Coltishall. Thanks! xx

Donation by GINA WESTON on 30/07/13



Money from sale of Remember Ryan Wristbands sold at Blast from the Past event in Sheffield. Thanks guys! xx

Donation by GINA WESTON on 30/07/13


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£29,740.30
  • Offline donations£19,332.16
  • Text donations£363.00
  • Total raised£49,435.46
  • Gift Aid£2,579.94

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