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Home » Latest News » Lawyers fly high to support Epilepsy Research UK

Lawyers fly high to support Epilepsy Research UK

Lawyers fly high to support Epilepsy Research UK

The sky was the limit for staff of a leading law firm as they embarked on a series of fund-raising events in support of a colleague who lost her son to epilepsy.

Rachel Abba’s colleagues at Bridge McFarland had already tackled the Castle to Coast to Castle charity cycle ride in June before heading to Hibaldstow Airfield in September for a skydive.

The events were part of their campaign to raise £5,000 to help Epilepsy Research UK (ERUK) find out more about epilepsy and SUDEP – Sudden Unexpected (Unexplained) Death in Epilepsy. The programme will continue with the Grimsby Halloween Charity Quiz, which will take place at the Humber Royal Hotel on Thursday 26 October.

Rachel’s son Robert, a computer science student, died on 7 January 2017 at home in Scartho, Grimsby, as his family were planning to take him back to De Montfort University in Leicester after the Christmas and New Year break.

Devastation at losing her only child has turned into determination for Rachel, a clinical negligence lawyer at Bridge McFarland’s office in Louth.

Fundraising was started by one of Robert’s best friends, Jonathan Brooke, who set up a JustGiving page in his memory. Further fund-raising took place at Robert’s wake at Scartho Bowling Club, where he was a popular member, and has continued since then.

The skydive took the total raised so far to £4,000, which will be boosted further by teams of 4–6 people paying £10 a head at the quiz.

Rachel said: “I’m really pleased that we have already hit £4,000. All the money we raise will go to help fund more research projects. There are so many requests for funding that ERUK can only fund a very small proportion. The more money that is raised, the more they can do. I would also like to see more research into SUDEP, which is what Rob died from.

“I will be really proud when we hit £5,000, and from there I will carry on with a new target. Sadly, there will always be the need for more and more money to fund the research into Epilepsy, its treatments, its causes and into SUDEP.

“Bridge McFarland have supported me a lot over the years and certainly since Rob died. They have backed me constantly and my colleagues have selected Epilepsy Research UK as their charity of the year in the Grimsby and Louth offices. I am so grateful that they are helping to raise money – and raise awareness of this condition.”

A memorial page has been set up for Robert at https://www.epilepsyresearch.org.uk/memorial-funds/rob-abba/ and the Just Giving page is still live at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rob-abba