Nicki Walker from Harlow, Essex has been raising money along with her parents, Mike and Norma Walker, for Epilepsy Research UK and Epilepsy Action since the death of her sister Tania Knight in 2003. Tania tragically passed away from SUDEP (sudden unexplained death in epilepsy) just 18 months after she got married at the age of 37.

This year Nicki organised a Christmas Gift Fair to support her sister’s memorial fund. Nicki tells us how her event went: “Despite the horrendous weather conditions and the relentless rain, we had 415 people through the door to visit the craft and gift fair which took place at the Memorial Hall in Sawbridgeworth on Saturday 24th November to raise money for Epilepsy Research UK and Tania’s memorial fund.

There were some great stands all selling lovely handmade products and with the Christmas music playing and some cinnamon, gingerbread and nutmeg candles burning throughout the hall it felt and smelt really festive! All the stands looked great and everyone had a superb time – all saying that the atmosphere was lovely and the quality and choice of the products excellent.

We had some amazing volunteers who all did a fantastic job ranging from taking the £1 entry fee on the door, serving tea/coffee and cakes in the kitchen, selling raffle tickets and generally ensuring that the event ran smoothly. The kitchen was busy all day long selling homemade cakes (many of which were made and donated by epilepsy sufferers themselves).

The support received has been amazing and include the Cross Centre situated in Bishops Stortford, Herts who had a stand selling all items that have been made by epilepsy sufferers in the workshops that they run. Epilepsy Research UK provided lots of merchandise and PR support and my employer Groupcall Ltd very generously donated £150!

We finished clearing the hall and let all the balloons (donated by Epilepsy Research UK) go free for Tania. It was quite an emotional moment as we wouldn’t have been there doing the event if it wasn’t for her. I’m sure she would have thoroughly enjoyed the day and would have hugged you everyone in thanks.

We raised a grand total of £2,354 for Epilepsy Research UK and the Tania Knight Memorial Fund which we are absolutely delighted about. We will continue to do our best to raise as much money as we can for this very worthy cause and hopefully, one day a cure will be found for this debilitating condition.

I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped and attended in order to make the event the success that it was. There are a lot of wonderful people out there and they were all in the Memorial Hall on Saturday!”

Many thanks to Nicki and the Walker family for all the planning and hard work that went into organising this event and to all the stall holders and customers who contributed to making the Christmas Fair such a success on the day.