Charmaine died in her sleep on her 25th birthday on New Year’s Eve, 31/12/2009. Her cause of death was Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy. Charmaine was actually having tests under the hospital and had not yet found the results of what she was suffering from, though she was taking medication for epilepsy.Charmaine started having fainting spells during her time at Preston University, while studying Criminal Law. She didn’t start having seizures until three years later when she had returned home to Birmingham to her parents’ house. She was placed on medication for epilepsy, as her mother has epilepsy.

Charmaine moved out of the family home and settled into a flat where she began a relationship with her boyfriend, Chris, at the age of 22. She had just one bad seizure during this period, and it was only during her last few months that she started to have fainting spells again. Charmaine started having tests just before Christmas, and it was a total shock to family and friends when she passed away. Chaz, as she was also known, leaves behind her mom Lisa, dad Carl, brothers Martin and Ross and her only nephew Rhys. She and her partner Chris were planning to get married and start a family of their own.

Charmaine worked for Virgin and lived her life to the full. She was a popular person and made a big impact on people. She will be greatly missed.

Charmaine’s parents decided to collect donations from her friends for her funeral and have opened this memorial fund in her name to support Epilepsy Research UK. We hope you will help and support this worthy cause, not only to keep our daughter’s memory alive, but to help others who struggle with epilepsy.

– Lisa and Carl Heritage, February 2010

To make a donation to Charmaine’s memorial fund, please use the link below.