Our precious son Andrew was 10 years old when he tragically passed away Nov 2010 in his sleep due to SUDEP. Andrew was our only son and he leaves an older sister. We will never stop loving him and we will never forget him. People say the pain gets easier to cope with but for us it’s as bad now as when we lost Andrew. We struggle every day without Andrew and we miss his massive smile and kind nature. Andrew was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 4 years old, during the following 6 years the medication struggled to cope with Andrew’s type of seizures.Andrew lived life to the full, he was active in the form of swimming, cycling and walks in the forest were his favourite outdoor pastime. He was also very keen on camping in Aviemore’s Rothiemurchus forest where he cycled extensively. Andrew was also a massive Dr Who fan collecting all types of figures and DVD’s, and visiting exhibitions whenever he got the chance.
His dad took part in the London Triathlon in aid of Epilepsy Research UK in 2010 and Andrew was so chuffed that his dad was raising money to try and ‘make him better’. To this end dad will take part in the 2011 London Triathlon again to raise money for Epilepsy Research UK along with his brother and a very close family friend, and hopefully the sponsorship raised will help other families avoid the pain that we are feeling just now.
Family and friends have different events planned to raise funds in aid of Epilepsy Research UK to include Lochgoilhead New Year’s dip, Buckie 8 hour sponsored swim, London Triathlon, various 10k charity runs and possibly the Epilepsy Research UK Himalayan Trek.
Andrew had decided to take up the challenge of triathlons, and no doubt he would have raised money for epilepsy research. We had planned to take part in the Grantown-on-Spey ‘Try a Tri’ and Andrew had started training for this event.
We think about Andrew every minute of every day and miss his massive smile and infectious laugh. We are confident that Andrew would have been pleased that we are continuing to raise money to help others.
– Jill, Kevin & Nicola Graham, March 2011
To make a donation to Andrew’s memorial fund, please use the link below or visit the Just Giving page here.