A CHARITY evening commemorating the life of a man who fell victim to SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death from Epilepsy) raised a bumper amount, thanks to some sporting supporters.

Dr Jason Pycroft, who was diagnosed with epilepsy in his early 20s, died on June 17 last year aged just 37.

He had done research work in America concentrating on conditions associated with the brain such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons and epilepsy itself He was involved in stem cell analysis, getting to know Superman hero Christopher Reeve in the hospital where he worked. He also became friendly with legendary blues guitarist Chuck Berry.

A recent fundraising event at Barry’s Masonic Hall was held in his memory, and raised £3,400.

Premier league giants Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal FC competed with the likes of Championship supremos Cardiff City and rugby stalwarts Cardiff Blues to put up lots, attracting the highest bidding interest from fans.

A signed photo of England captain Steven Gerrard fetched £200 and a Manchester United signed football and photo amassed £150.

Jason’s parents Sid and Jean Pycroft said the event had been extremely successful.

"During the course of the evening a talk was given by Professor Mike Kerr, consultant epileptologist at the University Hospital of Wales," said Mr Pycroft.

"He discussed the national charity dedicated to the wonderful individual support, research and prevention of SUDEP and other related seizure deaths."

Jean added: "I don’t want Jason to be forgotten. His death was a terrible shock to us."

The couple thanked friends and colleagues for all their support and the Freemasons of South Wales for donations. For details visit www.sudep.org