£1m fundrais­ing bid is for the love of Carla

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THE par­ents of a young woman who drowned af­ter hav­ing an epilep­tic fit have launched a bid to raise £1m in her name.

Carla Rankin, 27, died at home in Prest­bury in Au­gust last year.

An in­quest con­cluded that her death was a tragic ac­ci­dent.

Now her brave par­ents Denise and Ian have pledged to raise £1m for the char­ity Epilepsy Ac­tion to help oth­ers suf­fer­ing from the con­di­tion.

Denise said: “We lost Carla very sud­denly and for us, fundrais­ing to help oth­ers living with or sup­port­ing peo­ple with this con­di­tion seems in­cred­i­bly valu­able.

“It’s a pos­i­tive ac­tion that we know Carla would fully sup­port.

“We de­cided to set a big tar­get and we will hope­fully man­age to raise some or all of it.”

Since Carla’s death fam­ily and friends all over the coun­try, in­clud­ing Leeds where she went to uni­ver­sity, and Lon­don, where she man­aged a restau­rant, have taken on a va­ri­ety of fundrais­ing chal­lenges col­lect­ing more than £10,000 in her name.

Denise said: “Th­ese events re­flect the sheer range, di­ver­sity, love and sup­port we have re­ceived from so many peo­ple.

“Some of them are com­plete strangers who also have chil­dren they are car­ing for with epilepsy.

“It also shows how much Carla meant to so many peo­ple. She is sorely missed but if we can help oth­ers that would be bril­liant.”

In the lat­est fundraiser Denise and Ian and a team of 23 oth­ers were at it again on Sun­day when they ran the 10km Great Manch­ester Run in fancy dress.

Carla’s dad Ian added: “Even though we’d have done any­thing to take Carla’s con­di­tion away from her, she never let epilepsy spoil her life or pre­vent her from do­ing what she wanted to do.

“Carla was an ac­tive mem­ber of Epilepsy Ac­tion and she would like the fact that her death might raise money for a char­ity for which she had a lot of time.”

Michael White, from Epilepsy Ac­tion, said the fundrais­ing would im­prove epilepsy ser­vices and raise aware­ness of the con­di­tion.

He said: “Epilepsy Ac­tion is hugely grate­ful for the Rankins’ sup­port – their fundrais­ing am­bi­tions and achieve­ments are fan­tas­tic.

“To see them so galva- nised and rais­ing so much al­ready in just over eight months, so soon af­ter los­ing Carla, is re­ally inspiring. The money they raise is vi­tal in help­ing us sup­port the 600,000 peo­ple living with epilepsy.”

Visit www.just­giv­ing. com/ian-rankin1

●● Ian and Denise Rankin ran the Mor­risons 10K Great Manch­ester Run last week­end as part of a bid to raise £1m in mem­ory of their daugh­ter, Carla (inset)

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