Purple ball in Johdi’s memory raises thousands of pounds

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 March 2018

Purple Ball held at the Grand Pier to raise money for Sudep Action in Johdi Russell's memory. Johdi mother Tanya Russell centre with family and supporters and friends.

Purple Ball held at the Grand Pier to raise money for Sudep Action in Johdi Russell's memory. Johdi mother Tanya Russell centre with family and supporters and friends.

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A family were able to celebrate their ‘loving daughter’ at a charity ball in Weston.

Tanya Russell was touched by the number of people who supported her family at their inaugural Purple Ball, which was held at the Grand Pier.

The event was held in memory of Johdi Russell, a 17-year-old girl from Cheddar who died suddenly of sudden unexpected death of epilepsy (SUDEP) last year.

The ball raised money for SUDEP Action, the charity which supported Tanya and her family after Johdi’s death, and to mark her 18th birthday.

Tanya said: “I am overwhelmed with the support we have had and the number of people who came out on the night.

“Johdi would be so proud and it was lovely to be able to remember her like that.”

The event raised more than £7,000 for SUDEP Action and Tanya said she is ‘blown away’ by people’s generosity.

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