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Faversham: Nic May to wing walk in memory of her sister Samantha and to raise money for SUDEP


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A woman whose sister died aged 36 will walk on a plane’s wings to raise money and awareness into the illness that took her life.

Nic May, 42, will take to the skies close to the 10th anniversary of her sister Samantha May’s unexpected death after an epileptic fit.

Samantha featured in the Faversham News when her son Joseph, then aged five, called for paramedics when she started having a seizure – a move which saved her life.

Woman to wing walk in memory of her sister 10 years on.
Woman to wing walk in memory of her sister 10 years on.

Nine months later Samantha died.

Now mum-of-one Nic, of Spillett Close, is hoping she can do something in memory of her sister.

Nic said: “One Sunday like any other Sunday, I was cooking roast lamb for me, my partner and my son and the phone began to ring, and that phone call is when my life changed forever.

“Our dad went round to Samantha’s house and he found her collapsed with the vacuum cleaner going in her bathroom and she was non-responsive.

“When I arrived, I remember dad saying ‘she’s gone, she’s gone’ and when the ambulance crew arrived, they confirmed her to be dead.

“I remember hearing this bloodcurdling cry. I realised later that was me.”

Nic May will wing walk in memory of her sister Samantha who passed away 10 years ago.
Nic May will wing walk in memory of her sister Samantha who passed away 10 years ago.

Samantha, who worked at the Nova garden factory in Graveney Road, suffered with diabetes and epilepsy and was told she would never be able to conceive.

but went onto have her “miracle baby” Joseph.

Nic will be raising money for Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy Action, a charity supporting the bereaved families.

Every year, about 1,000 people with epilepsy will die suddenly.

Nic said: “When we were dealing with the grief of losing Samantha, we were not aware of the charity and we didn’t reach out for the help because we are such a close-knit family, but they offer amazing support and there are families out there that really need their help.

"I have decided that this is the year I am going to do it, raising both money and awareness for this amazing charity in memory of Samantha.

“It is all starting to feel very real, but I can’t back out now.”

Nic May.
Nic May.

Nic will wing walk on September 24 and is looking for sponsorship.

She has so far raised £400 and would like to thank everyone for their support, including her workplace at Xcel 2000 Fostercare in Sittingbourne.

To donate click here.

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