Parents' tribute to son for charity awareness

A CHEDDAR mum and dad have put a moving tribute to their son on the internet to encourage support for a charity. Richard and Heather Scourse lost David, pictured right, to epilepsy when he was just 23 years old and have written a tribute to him on the Epi

A CHEDDAR mum and dad have put a moving tribute to their son on the internet to encourage support for a charity.Richard and Heather Scourse lost David, pictured right, to epilepsy when he was just 23 years old and have written a tribute to him on the Epilepsy Research UK website. Richard, a geography teacher at Kings of Wessex School, said: "We are very keen to support the work the organisation does and have made many contributions to the charity since David died."The former Cheddar First, Fairlands Middle and Kings of Wessex School pupil died on August 5, 2003 the day after sitting an exam in medicine in London. David was studying the subject at the Royal Free and University College Hospital after gaining a first class degree in medicine at Somerville College in Oxford.Richard, who lives in West Lynne Road, said: "David eventually wanted to go into neurological science when he qualified to understand his condition more and help people in the same situation as himself."The website memorial and tribute page, called Days of Their Lives, is a place where family, friends and loved ones can dedicate a day to someone they have lost to epilepsy.Richard, aged 65 and his wife Heather, aged 61, chose David's birthday, May 31 to post a tribute on the site. It includes: "Although you are no longer with us physically your spirit lives on and gives us positive feelings about the future and the continuity of life. Thank you for being such a remarkable son, brother, uncle and grandson."David developed the condition when he was 17 years old after hitting a tree while out running. The youngster was knocked unconscious and his father believes the accident may have happened because he was listening to his personal stereo. Richard said: "We put the post on the website and support the research into epilepsy because people with the condition sometimes have a stigma attached to them, which is hard for them to overcome."Since David died his family, friends and other organisations have raised about £35,000 for Epilepsy Research UK through the David Scourse Memorial Fund. His sisters Katie Bishop and Sally Larke have helped host numerous events to raise money including a James Bond theme night in Cheddar. The family is urging people to make a donation to the memorial fund via www.erf.org.uk


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