Devastated girlfriend walks through fire in boyfriend’s memory

Oliver Greenard and girlfriend Alex Gough in the last photo taken before Oliver died. Photo: Alex Go

Oliver Greenard and girlfriend Alex Gough in the last photo taken before Oliver died. Photo: Alex Gough. - Credit: Archant

A 24-year-old left devastated by her boyfriend's death from epilepsy five years ago is doing a fire walk in his memory.

Oliver Scott-Greenard, was just 19 when he died following an epileptic seizure on November 29 2011.

His girlfriend at the time, Alex Gough, 24, along with friends and family of the teenager, set up a fund in his memory which has now raised over £30,000 for Epilepsy Action.

To mark the fifth anniversary of Mr Scott-Greenard's death Miss Gough has arranged to walk through fire to raise even more money for the charity which provides support and advice to epilepsy sufferers.

Miss Gough, a HR Officer at Wymondham College, said: 'I like doing crazy challenges and trying to drag in as many people as possible to do it with me.

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'Epilepsy Action are one of the leading epilepsy charities in the country and they do a lot.

'They're a fantastic charity and they've always been there for us since Ollie passed away.'

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The fire walk, which will be held on December 3 between 2pm-7pm in Norwich, will be a first for Miss Gough, having already climbed Ben Nevis and run a marathon in Mr Scott-Greenard's memory.

Miss Gough, who had been with Mr Scott-Greenard for two years, said the fundraising helped her deal with the shock of his death.

Since then friends and family have done sky-dives, 24-hour treadmill challenges and even ploughing competitions, all of which has helped them raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

Miss Gough spoke about the effect her boyfriend's death had on her. She said: 'It was a huge shock, it was devastating.

'We were 19 at the time I was at uni in Kingston, in London, it had quite a big effect on my uni experience, I came home for quite a while, you know I struggled to keep going back to uni.'

'Which is why the fundraising came in, it was my way of coping with things and getting to grips with what happened and my way of being able to do something positive out of such a negative situation.'

'Our goal was we always wanted to try and help other people so maybe we could stop another family having to go through what we had to go through because you don't want it to happen to anybody, you wouldn't wish it on your worst enemy.'

Miss Gough said despite having raised over £30,000 they have no plans to stop the fundraising.

'I don't think we ever imagined it getting to that much so we don't really have any plans to stop now, it would be amazing to get it to £50,000 some time so we're going to keep going.'

The fire walk will be held in Norwich on December 3 from 2pm-7pm.

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