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Horforth MP nominates young Jack for charity award
A boy who has campaigned for epilepsy charities since the age of six has been nominated for a Red Cross award.
Jack Megson, now 14 and a student at Horsforth High School, began fundraising after his aunt died from an epileptic seizure.
Since then he has raised much-needed funds for the Epilepsy Bereaved Charity which support families who have lost a loved one through the condition.
Now Jack’s MP Stuart Andrew has nominated him for the Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Award 2013.
Mr Andrew said: “Jack Megson is an inspirational young man from my constituency, who has campaigned tirelessly for epilepsy charities after the sad loss of his aunt.
“Jack has done a fantastic job raising awareness of epilepsy and was a guest speaker at the Epilepsy Bereaved National Conference, where he shared his experiences with the other attendees.
“Jack has also held a number of fundraising events, raising over £600 by holding a coffee morning in Horsforth. Jack also attended an event in Parliament to raise awareness of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) and helped to launch the Epilepsy Deaths Register which aims to improve care and help to prevent avoidable epilepsy related deaths.
“Jack is a caring, passionate and dedicated young man who would be a worthy recipient of this award.”
SUDEP Action acting chief executive Karen Osland said: “We can’t praise Jack enough for the work he has done for the charity since we first met him in 2006 when he was quite a shy six-year-old.
“We have seen him grow into a confident articulate young man, who has fully taken on board the need to raise awareness of the risks associated with epilepsy and the needs of those bereaved by epilepsy. “From an early age he attended our meetings and conferences, fully engaging with health professionals, never afraid to ask questions. He is knowledgeable about the charity and its aims and we hope he will continue to support us for many years to come. We fully endorsed the nomination and were pleased that Jack was recognised.”