Matthew was 43 years old when he suddenly passed away from SUDEP, on the 29th June 2014, a day that has changed our lives forever. Matthew suffered from epilepsy and loss of peripheral vision following a trauma when he was 20 years old. He had few seizures in the beginning but in recent years they became more frequent, more so when he was asleep.Epilepsy never stopped Matthew doing anything, his outlook on life was “I’m not going to worry about the things I can’t do but get on with the things I can, and live life to the full”. Matthew certainly did that, he was a fanatical golfer playing every weekend, and made some great friends doing so. Everywhere he went he knew somebody, he loved people and would do anything to help others. People who knew Matthew always mentioned his smile and his cheeky personality. He had some great holidays with his sister in the last two years and has left her with some wonderful memories.
His beautiful daughter Charlotte of 14 years is now left without her Dad. So we have set up this memorial fund to try and help find a cure for this terrible unpredictable affliction. There is still so much to learn about epilepsy so every penny counts.
We unfortunately cannot help Matthew now, but we can certainly try and help other families not to experience the loss and grief we have, and are still enduring.
– Judy, Paul & Amanda Walden, August 2014
To make a donation to Matthew’s memorial fund, please use the link below.