A fun night to keep John’s memory alive

Friends Victoria Sutcliffe and Joanne Smith fund raising for Epilepsy Society.
Friends Victoria Sutcliffe and Joanne Smith fund raising for Epilepsy Society.

A woman who tragically lost her brother to epilepsy hopes a fundraising evening will raise the profile of the condition.

Joanne Smith’s brother, John, 30, died in August last year after suffering an epileptic seizure he didn’t come round from.

John Smith

John Smith

Despite being diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 25, John had managed to control his condition until his death.

Now Joanne, 27, hopes a fundraising night in her brother’s memory, organised with her friend Victoria Sutcliffe, 27, will raise vital funds and awareness.

Joanne, from Siddal, said: “He was so young and it took everybody by surprise. He left three young children so its not been the easiest of times.

“When we had the funeral, we decided we would collect donations for the Epilepsy Society and raised £500, then Victoria said we should put a charity event together.

“It’s really important for me to raise awareness about epilepsy, we don’t want other families to go through what we did. We’re raising that awareness and money for the charity so they can continue the work they do.

“John was lovely and all-round nice guy. We will be thinking of him on the night.”

The night, held at Siddal Ex-Servicemen’s Club on Saturday, August 8, will include live band Rox Off, who will keep the dancefloor full with songs by John’s favourite band, The Beatles.

There will also be a raffle, a silent auction and merchandise from the Epilepsy Society. It is hoped everyone will wear purple, the colour of the charity, and the colour everyone wore to John’s funeral. The night will begin at 7.30pm and entry will be £3 on the door.