Epilepsy campaigner at Downing Street reception

(8086872) Jack Megson with Stuart Andrew at an earlier event

(8086872) Jack Megson with Stuart Andrew at an earlier event

First published in News Wharfedale Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A teenage campaigner for epilespy charities had his hard work recognised at a Downing Street reception.

Horsforth schoolboy Jack Megson, 14, was just six years old when he began fundraising after his aunt died from an epileptic seizure.

Jack - described as inspirational by his local MP Stuart Andrew - was invited to the reception which was hosted by Samantha Cameron for the epilepsy charity SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy) Action.

Since the death of his aunt Jack has regularly gone to Sudep Action meetings and has spoken at the charity's national conference.

In April last year Mr Andrew attended a coffee morning hosted by Jack that raised £800. The Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough MP, who praised him for his hard work and support for the charity, met him again at the launch of the epilepsy deaths register launch at parliament in June.

Mr Andrew said: "I was delighted to attend the Downing Street charity reception to support my young constituent Jack, his mother and SUDEP Action for the vital work they are doing in memory of their loved ones, and to help fund research into combating SUDEP which takes the lives of three people a day. Jack is a credit to our local community and should be admired for the hard work he puts in for the charity in memory of his Aunt Helen and I sincerely hope it continues."

Jack said: "I was really pleased to see Stuart again as he has supported me and the charity well in the work carried out by us. I’m glad he recognises the issues we are fighting for and I hope he will still support our cause in the future."

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