In June 2021, aged 21, William Workman tragically succumbed to a seizure that he never recovered from. When news broke of William’s death, his football club and other close friends immediately organised a tournament and raffle in his memory to raise vital funds for Epilepsy Research UK.

William was 19 years old when he was diagnosed with epilepsy. The cause of William’s seizures was never discovered, despite extensive investigative work by the neurology team at Southmead Hospital in Bristol. William never knew when his seizures were coming and had very little recollection of them happening.

William was a goalkeeper for Kingswood Colliers 5-a-side football team and would often come home bruised and battered from a game – and that was the games they won!

16 teams were signed up to play in the football tournament in William’s memory, with many travelling long distances to attend. Kits were made with photos of William and his name. Unfortunately, the first event had to be cancelled due to Covid, but a new date was set in August. The event that took place was a great success, played with enthusiasm from all players, all of whom had a great sense of why they were all there. A minutes silence was held before the kick-off of the final game. Thankfully, Kingswood Colliers – now renamed Workman 21 FC in his memory – made it to the final. They put up a brave fight, but eventually lost to Found FC. Most importantly, the tournament raised over £2000 in loving memory of Will.

The tournament will now be held annually in William’s memory. It is fantastic to see the young friends of William celebrate his life and support research with this brilliant and moving event. Our deepest condolences and sincere admiration goes out to everyone who knew William – thank you for choosing to support vital research in his memory.