Norwich woman honoured for fundraising in memory of boyfriend
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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.
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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.
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'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