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Fliss is the inspiration for family's bike ride
8:20am Saturday 14th April 2012 in News
THE dad and three brothers of a 15-year-old Penketh girl who died six months after she was diagnosed with epilepsy are taking on a gruelling bike ride to raise awareness.
The 1,000-mile journey from Copenhagen to Warrington will take in six countries over 14 days in the hope of raising £10,000 for charity Epilepsy Action and prevent other families going through the same trauma.
Felicity Farrell, known to her family and friends as Fliss, died in her sleep in 2008 after suffering a suspected epileptic fit during the night.
The St Gregory’s RC High School pupil had recently discovered crown green bowling and had picked up a number of trophies before her sudden death.
Her eldest brother Nathaniel, aged 30, has since moved to Copenhagen where he lives with his Danish girlfriend but in July he will cycle home to Warrington with Fliss’ dad Kevin and brothers Seb, aged 29, and Alex, aged 26.
Kevin, who now lives in Fairfield, said: “It’s taking on a life of its own with lots of people offering help and getting involved.
“We want to raise awareness of the issues surrounding epilepsy and the SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy) campaign.
“We’re not trying to blame anyone but I think sometimes not enough information is passed on by healthcare professionals about epilepsy because they don’t want to frighten people.
“It was a complete shock dealing with the condition and then what happened afterwards and it has taken four years to find our way through it.”
The family say the ‘Bringing Home the Bacon’ challenge will be ‘exciting but hard work’, as they expect to cover anywhere between 40 and 88 miles each day, but feel it is a fitting tribute for Fliss.
Kevin, who works as a customer service advisor for Inland Revenue, added: “Everyone who knew her was totally blown away and had their whole world turned upside down when she died.
“We have all got on with it as best as we can and tried to fill the space.
“It feels good to do something positive in her memory.”