A COUPLE’S collection at Skelmersdale United’s derby clash with Marine raised £140 for a charity that’s close to their heart.
Joe and Ann Aindow from Skemersdale held the collection at the game on Monday, April 17 to raise funds for SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) Action in memory of their son, Damian.
Damian was just 30 years of age when he died from epilepsy in December, 1999.
Since then the couple have been working with SUDEP Action to raise awareness and support research into the condition.
Ann Aindow said: “We gave out information leaflets about epilepsy and prevention and we also had charity badges and pens.
“We are always very grateful for anything that we can make for the charity. We are very grateful that people dug in their pockets when there is not that much spare cash around.
“There were a couple of people who suffer from epilepsy at the game and we were able to speak to them and give them information leaflets to help them safeguard their condition as much as possible.
“The SUDEP charity is very important as there are three deaths a day from epilepsy. The charity started in 1993 and was registered in 1995. It has now gone global and is a very important charity as it could help prevent epilepsy death.
“The charity is able to educate people that if they lead a healthy lifestyle, they can prevent seizures and the prospect of an early death.
“It also has a bereavement service for people who do not know who to turn to following a death from epilepsy.
“We never thought we would lose a son from a seizure. When you lose someone you do what you can to prevent someone else going through what you have gone through.”