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Fundraising effort in memory of late Londonderry man

Vera McCready from Londonderry, who has been recognised for her voluntary work for Epilepsy Action.
From left to right: Andrew Frankish (son-in-law), Vera McCready (award winner), Gareth Johnson (son-in-law), Verona Frankish (daughter) and Peter McCready (son).

Vera McCready from Londonderry, who has been recognised for her voluntary work for Epilepsy Action. From left to right: Andrew Frankish (son-in-law), Vera McCready (award winner), Gareth Johnson (son-in-law), Verona Frankish (daughter) and Peter McCready (son).

Londonderry woman Vera McCready, whose son Shaun died from epilepsy last year, has received a volunteer of the year award from Epilepsy Action.

Shaun (aged 30) died as a result of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) in February 2013. Son-in-law Gareth Johnson organised a football tournament and social evening in Londonderry and raised over £10,000 in memory of Shaun.

Vera’s daughter, Verona Frankish, accepted the award. She said: “On behalf of the McCready family, I’m honoured to accept this award from Epilepsy Action.

“We will continue to fundraise in Shaun’s honour, as we are on a permanent crusade to raise awareness about epilepsy and improve research. But none of what we have done, or are doing, is about recognition or receiving awards for ourselves – it’s about honouring the man that we miss every day.”

 

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