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 4

Thank you to St Mary's Afternoon club, who recently held an event raising £100 in memory of Joe and Ryan.

14/05/14 11:55

A very big thank you to Jayne Glover who has raised a grand total of £266.37 from her Liverpool Half Marathon earlier this year. Jayne, thank you for doing this in memory of Ryan and Joe Sweatman.

06/05/14 11:41

A huge well done and thank you to Danny and Jayne who completed the London Marathon and have raised over £16k in the process, all in memory of Ryan and Joe.

23/04/14 11:41

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

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Meningitis is deadly; killing and seriously disabling in hours. Small children and young adults are high risk, but all ages can be affected. Globally 1,000 people die daily. We fundraise to invest in research, campaign for vaccines, provide symptom information and support those already affected.

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Donations 776

Donation by Craske family on 06/04/16


Thank you to all the 'Ladies that do Lunch' who attended the Easter Afternoon Tea Party at the Tithe Barn. A fantastic amount raised xx

Donation by Gina & Denise on 27/03/16


A superb golf day at Costessey Park organised by Cully. Cheers pal 👍🏼💚💛

Donation by Nathan Cullington & the golf lads on 28/02/16


Thank you Landamores Fish & Chip Shop, Coltishall for another Collection Tin, including a donation from Jane and Marks parents in lieu of sending Christmas Cards xx

Donation by Gina on 01/02/16


Donation by Jon S-S on 07/01/16


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Sandra Wingrove on 21/12/15

Thank you Jane Ballard & Mark Landamore for a donation in lieu of sending Christmas Cards this year.

Donation by Gina on 05/12/15


+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Donation from Ali Linford. Thank you x

Donation by Gina on 05/12/15


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

A massive £1000 Raised at the Dynamic Dance Christmas Charity Afternoon at the Holiday Inn Norwich Airport. So grateful to my fantastic dancers and their lovely families! Thank you so much!! xxx

Donation by Carly Fryman on 04/12/15


I ran a tombola stall at the Christmas lights switch on at Aylsham Town Hall to make people aware of meningitis. My uncle had it 20 years ago and I am also supporting Mr. Sweatman's family.

Donation by James Chare - Year 7 Eagle on 02/12/15


Loose change in a pot at home 😊

Donation by Gina on 08/11/15


+ £7.77 Gift Aid

Another collection tin from Landamores Fish & Chip shop, Coltishall. Fantastic!

Donation by Gina on 08/11/15


Donations/Raffle/Auction proceeds from Martins 60th Birthday Party. And more to come! Fantastic!

Donation by Gina Weston on 22/10/15


Donation by Simon Egan on 09/10/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Very kind and thoughtful donation from Fred and Sue Goodall, thank you xxx

Donation by Anonymous on 03/10/15


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

A huge thank you to Mr. Bridge and Mr. Keats from Aylsham High School for donating half of the Rugby World Cup Sweepstake money to Ryan's Fund xxxxx

Donation by Aylsham High School on 20/09/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Our donation in place of wedding favours. Always in our hearts xxx

Donation by Kaylee and Simon on 13/09/15


+ £25.00 Gift Aid


Donation by Fish on 08/09/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Thank you Kerri's Farmhouse Pine, Reepham for a Collection Tin. Fantastic!

Donation by Gina on 05/09/15


+ £17.44 Gift Aid

Thank you Landamores Fish & Chip Shop, Coltishall for another Collection Tin. We really appreciate it x

Donation by Gina on 05/09/15


+ £12.64 Gift Aid

only bet I dont mind losing...not next year tho dan ;)

Donation by sam beale on 07/08/15


Money raised at an Afternoon Tea Party in my garden! Thank you to everyone who attended and for your generosity xx

Donation by Gina Weston on 27/07/15


Another collection tin from Landamores Fish and Chip Shop, Coltishall - Thank you x

Donation by Gina on 27/07/15


The Norfolk Gazelles are so pleased to be able donate the raffle proceeds from the Alex Moore Memorial Relay x

Donation by Anonymous on 23/06/15


Finally beaten by your bro! 2nd place in the fantasy football 💚💛💚💛

Donation by James Fryman on 04/06/15


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£39,577.92
  • Offline donations£6,000.00
  • Text donations£363.00
  • Total raised£45,940.92
  • Gift Aid£3,670.07

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