Charity shopping event to remember St Albans woman who died aged 26

PUBLISHED: 10:13 12 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:01 06 May 2010

The last picture taken of Sarah Clarke

The last picture taken of Sarah Clarke

A CHARITY shopping event is being held in memory of a young woman who died from epilepsy four years ago. Sarah Clarke from St Albans was just 26 when she had a massive seizure in her sleep and died three weeks before an appointment to have a specialist s

A CHARITY shopping event is being held in memory of a young woman who died from epilepsy four years ago.

Sarah Clarke from St Albans was just 26 when she had a massive seizure in her sleep and died three weeks before an appointment to have a specialist scan.

The former St Albans High School pupil was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 15 and, while it was kept under control with medication for around 10 years, the condition had deteriorated leading up to her death.

Sarah studied at Oaklands College before going on to Southampton University to read Psychology and then becoming an educational editor with two publishing companies.

Soon after her death, her family and friends set about fundraising for Epilepsy Research UK by holding a charity shopping morning which raised around £2,000.

And four years on they are repeating the event but hope to raise even more money for the same charity in Sarah's memory.

Family friend Kathryn Crossley is hosting the event at 32 Homewood Road, St Albans, between 9am and midday and 7.30pm and 9.30pm on Tuesday.

On sale will be Italian handbags, jewellery, silk flowers, handmade chocolates, gifts and stationary. A percentage of the proceeds will go to Epilepsy Research UK.

In addition there will be handmade cakes on sale and raffle prizess.

She said: "Sarah was an intelligent and fun-loving young woman who had her life cut brutally short by epilepsy. I hope that we can honour her memory by raising funds for Epilepsy Research UK in the hope that one day they will find a cure for this horrible condition. Epilepsy affects 450,000 in the UK and around 1,000 die each year."

For more information contact Kathryn on 01727 866594.

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