A FAMILY have called for help in raising £10,000 for epilepsy charities after their son died from the condition.
Peter ‘PP’ Palmer, 28, from Fareham, died on July 24 and three days later, his family set up a fundraising page to raise funds for charities that help those with epilepsy, The Epilepsy Society and FitzRoy.
We were absolutely blown away by the support we have received on the appeal. We never thought we would raise so muchBen Domican, Peter’s brother-in-law
They have since managed to raise over £6,500 in two weeks in Peter’s memory.
Touched by the success of the appeal, the family have now set a target of £10,000.
Ben Domican, Peter’s brother-in-law said: ‘We were absolutely blown away by the support we have received on the appeal. We never thought we would raise so much.’
It comes as more than 100 mourners attended the funeral at St Columba Church in Hillson Drive, Fareham.
Ben said: ‘It was so heartwarming to see more than 100 people at PP’s funeral.
‘We were wondering how many would come and then we got such a fantastic response. People from all over have been donating to the appeal, it’s been lovely to know how much of an impact he had on people.’
According to Ben, the church’s lower room and balcony were ‘full of people’ and he said that he’d never seen such a response to a service.
Peter, 28, from Fareham, suffered from epilepsy from the age of two and is believed to have died from the result of suffering multiple seizures.
He also had Asperger’s syndrome and was a popular figure in Fareham, where he worked on the tills in Sainsbury’s at Broadcut for 10 years.
His family picked The Epilepsy Society as it supported Peter throughout his struggle with the condition and FitzRoy was chosen as its dating group Love4Life helped him improve his social skills and to make friends.
Ben says £10,000 would have been a ‘ridiculous’ target at the start of the appeal but now seems very feasible.
He added: ‘Fingers crossed we get to that amount.’
To donate to the cause, head to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/someonespecial/peterpalmer.