David was 23 when he died from epilepsy. He was a wonderful son, grandson, brother, uncle and cousin. A year before his death he was awarded a First in Physiology (Medicine) at Oxford University. He died two years before he would have qualified as a doctor.The family knew that a positive response to this awful tragedy was the right way forward. We grieved and grieved; we still grieve – but we have moved on. David was himself extremely positive and altruistic. He pleaded with us to help others in all kinds of distress and even on a student loan made a standing order to Save the Children. A few days after his death his positive words kept coming through the mist of tears. ‘Do something – and do it cheerfully!’

We quickly found out about Epilepsy Research UK and knew it deserved every support. David was himself interested in research. David’s memorial fund has been a wonderful focus for our energy and that of many of David’s friends. Marathon runs, coffee mornings, cream teas, a pantomime, a concert, a James Bond evening and “Bring and Share lunches” have been incredibly exciting, uplifting and cathartic events for us all. In truth, we have all gained inspiration by channelling our thought and energy towards helping research into this difficult condition. The greatest consolation is knowing that David would say ‘Well done’ and that very thought releases a lot of sadness. He would have added ‘Keep it going, there’s more to do!’

– Richard and Heather Scourse, January 2006

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