“Our lovely daughter Sophie died tragically aged only 23 years old in an epilepsy related accident in July 2010 following 3 days in intensive care at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Sophie was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 10 years old and it was reasonably managed with maybe 1 or 2 seizures in a year.Sophie was a bright, vivacious, kind and fun loving girl with great compassion for her fellow human beings. She would never just “walk by” and could always spare a few pounds even though she earned little money and supported several charities on a regular basis. Sophie was also an organ donor and it makes us immensely proud and gives us some comfort in our grief knowing that her ultimate gift of life has helped save the lives of 4 people.

Sophie lived with her family in Saffron Walden until going to study Fine Art at the University of Creative Arts in Canterbury, where she graduated in 2008. She then moved to London where she had recently started working for Golden Square Post Production Company and also had a part time job at the Coachmakers Pub in Marylebone Lane. She loved her work at both places where she found a treasured group of friends who played an important role in her life. Sophie was very creative and talented and wanted to pursue a career in animation and she was immensely grateful for the help and support offered by her colleagues at Golden Square.

The loss of Sophie has left an enormous hole in our families that can never be filled and life will never be the same again without her here, but we take comfort from the fact that she touched more people and crammed more fun into her 23 years than some people achieve in a lifetime. She was an adored big sister to her brothers and sisters, Tom, Emma, Naomi and Henry.

We have set up this memorial fund to try and help find a cure for this terrible and unpredictable affliction that can take our loved ones from us with little or no warning no matter how carefully they live their lives. There is still a lot to learn about epilepsy and we hope that you will donate to this very worthwhile cause that can potentially affect all of us directly or indirectly.

– Annette Heden and Martin Hannon, October 2010

To make a donation to Sophie’s memorial fund, please use the link below or visit the Just Giving page here. You can also link to Sophie’s memorial fund via Facebook.