Gardener David to run 72 miles for his brother

MAMMOTH TASK David Vick from Portsmouth who is running from Portsmouth to London to raise money for Epilepsy awareness. His brother Peter died from the condition. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (14485-4)
MAMMOTH TASK David Vick from Portsmouth who is running from Portsmouth to London to raise money for Epilepsy awareness. His brother Peter died from the condition. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14485-4)
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AFTER years of searching for his brother, David Vick was given devastating news.

The 41-year-old found out that his brother Peter had died in 2006, aged only 35.

David, of Northern Parade, Hilsea, discovered that he had suffered from epilepsy.

So in Peter’s memory, tomorrow the landscape gardener will embark upon a 72-mile run from Portsmouth to London.

David said: ‘When we were growing up, I didn’t even know he had the condition, or when he was even diagnosed with it.

‘We were both adopted and he lived in Havant.

‘But then when I was about 13, Peter was sent to a young offenders’ place in the midlands.

‘I have memories of us growing up, but never saw him again after that.’

In 2009, David decided to find his brother again and make contact.

‘I was getting older, and I wanted to know how he was,’ added David.

‘I wanted to see how he was and what he was up to.

‘I went through social services and my foster mum got in touch with me to tell me what happened.

‘She said Peter had had a fit and died in 2006.

‘I feel like I never found him.

‘To be told he was dead made me feel quite guilty and upset.’

But David is determined to do something positive in his brother’s memory.

Tomorrow he will set out from Fratton Park, and hopes to take four days to run to Downing Street.

He wants to raise £2,000 for Epilepsy Action, and awareness of the condition.

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and causes repeated seizures, also known as fits.

Epilepsy Action is a national charity, which campaigns to improve epilepsy services and raise awareness of the condition.

David said: ‘I’m really looking forward to completing this huge challenge in memory of my brother.

‘I’m doing the run alone, and will be stopping off at hostels along the way.

‘I have been doing a lot of running in preparation and hope it goes well.

‘My ultimate aim is to highlight the importance of raising awareness of epilepsy.

‘I just don’t think enough people know about it and I want to get it out there.

‘I want to take it to Downing Street to raise awareness.’

To sponsor David, go to peter.vick.muchloved.com/frame.aspx