A FATHER whose daughter died due to epilepsy is raising money in her memory.
Alan Jenkins, 65, from Manor Hall Road, Southwick, is hoping to raise £1,000 for the Epilepsy Society from the sale of CDs including his daughter Sarah’s favourite songs.
The civil servant has been singing since the age of eight and told how his friend and producer Mark Turner encouraged him to make the CDs, which were recorded in his personal recording studio.
Sarah passed away aged 30 in 2003 after suffering an epileptic seizure.
Mr Jenkins said: “I know the devastating effects that epilepsy can have on a family. Singing, recording and selling my CDs is one of the ways I can do my bit to help.”
He has released six CDs for charity since his daughter, Sarah, passed away. She developed the condition aged 16.
His current and final CD, entitled The Last Time, features cover versions of classic songs such as Have I Told You Lately That I Love You and The Beatles’ And I Love Her.
Mr Jenkins said: “Sarah was a big fan of The Beatles; Here, There and Everywhere was played at her wake.
“It’s all a bit of fun really, but the songs included on this new album evoke memories of her.”
Epilepsy is a neurological condition that causes repeated seizures, known as fits, which are potentially very harmful to the sufferer. Epilepsy affects about half a million people in the UK, or one in 100, and is the most common serious neurological condition in the UK.
The Epilepsy Society, which is the working name for the National Society of Epilepsy (NSE), is researching into the causes of epilepsy and also provides help and support for sufferers and their families.
Mr Jenkins has raised several hundreds of pounds for the Epilepsy Society with his latest CD having raised more than £400 already.
The Last Time and previous CDs can be purchased by sending a cheque for £6 to Mr Alan Dempster Jenkins, 141 Manor Hall Road, Southwick, West Sussex, BN42 4NQ.
The sum includes the CD and postage and packaging.