A COUPLE have completed a 10k race in memory of their daughter who tragically died from a rare condition, just 27-years-old.
Lesley and Jim Igoe from Hunt End ran the London 10k race on Sunday for their daughter Yvonne who died in 2005 as a result of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).
The couple are hoping to raise an awareness of the condition and the work done by Epilepsy Bereaved, the only charity in the UK dedicated to the prevention of SUDEP.
Mrs Igoe said: “The race was hard work but very enjoyable. Jim has done a 10k before but I haven’t.
“I did it in one hour 40 minutes which I’m really pleased about and as it was for my daughter as well as a great charity I don’t really mind.
“I’m not sure I want to do another one though - at least not right away.”
She added: “We raised about £250 for Epilepsy Bereaved but people can still donate now.
“It’s a wonderful, small charity which deserves all the help it can get.”
SUDEP is uncommon but is a recognised syndrome where a person with epilepsy dies suddenly and no other cause of death is revealed.
More people die from it each year in the UK than cot death and AIDs combined.
Jane Hanna, from Epilepsy Bereaved, said: “We are grateful to Lesley and Jim for raising vital funds to help us fund research into the prevention of SUDEP and other epilepsy deaths and to raise awareness.
“The risks of SUDEP are still not fully acknowledged.
“This means that some people with epilepsy are still at risk of dying suddenly, prematurely and unnecessarily.”
For more information, visit sudep.org or call 01235 772 852.
To donate, visit virginmoneygiving.com/lesleyigoe