A woman who has raised almost £30,000 in memory of her late boyfriend has been recognised with a prestigious award.

Alex Gough, 23, launched the Oliver Scott-Greenard Sunflower Tribute Fund in 2011 – weeks after her boyfriend Ollie suffered an epileptic seizure and died, aged 19.

Ollie, from Ormesby, died at Easton College, the agricultural college near Norwich, where he had been a student for a couple of months.

The teenager, who was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2006, had suffered a seizure just a few days before his sudden death.

Miss Gough, of Norwich, has now been honoured with a volunteer award by national charity Epilepsy Action for her fundraising work.

She has organised music nights, and encouraged others to organise a 24-hour football match and a ploughing competition.

She has also taken part in a sponsored skydive, and is taking on the London Marathon this year.

'I am so excited and touched to receive this award,' she said. 'Fundraising for Epilepsy Action in Ollie's memory has been a great way to keep his legacy alive.

'Ollie was a genuinely kind person who always had a smile on his face.

'The fundraising has brought together all the people that were touched by Ollie's kindness.'

Philip Lee, chief executive at Epilepsy Action, presented the award.

He said: 'We're delighted to acknowledge Alex at this year's Epilepsy Action Volunteer Awards.

'This award is a fitting and deserved tribute for her efforts and successes.'

For information about volunteering opportunities at Epilepsy Action, see epilepsy.org.uk/volunteer