Festival to remember Vicky

A FATHER whose daughter died suddenly after suffering an epileptic fit today heaped praise on the organisers of a music festival which will be held in her honour.

A FATHER whose daughter died suddenly after suffering an epileptic fit today heaped praise on the organisers of a music festival which will be held in her honour.

Popular Vicky Baker sustained a massive seizure as she slept at her Ipswich home in July.

To celebrate her life and to raise funds for Epilepsy Action, the 26-year-old's legion of friends have organised Vicfest, which will be staged at The Venue at The Corn Exchange on Saturday between 10pm and 3am.

Vicky's dad, Keith Baker, said he had been overwhelmed at the reaction of his daughter's friends following her death.

“Vicky's friends have been great - they have been in regular contact with me, making sure I have been ok,” he said.

“I am amazed at the response.

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“When they came up with the idea of the festival, I was more than happy for it to go ahead and I hope something positive will come out of it.

“Hopefully people will come along to support the event.

“Vicky would have been delighted and up there dancing around in her usual way.”

Vicky's family and friends have already swelled the coffers of Epilepsy Action after mourners at her funeral donated more than £900 to the charity.

Vicfest has been organised by gig promoter Ed Barnes and will feature DJs and live music from Suffolk bands As Ruins Fall, Rebirth and Rockface - three of Vicky's favourite acts.

Mr Barnes said: “Tickets are £5 but guests can pay more if they want because all the money raised is going to Epilepsy Action.”

Tickets will be available on the door, but they can be bought in advance from the Cock and Pye in Upper Brook Street.

At an inquest into Vicky's death earlier this week, coroner Dr Peter Dean ruled that she had died as a result of sudden, unexpected complications.

Vicky, of Park Road, had been prescribed vital medication to control epilepsy seizures after her diagnosis four years ago.

However, her family, speaking to The Evening Star in July, revealed how she loathed the notion of taking medicine for the rest of her life - and, unbeknown to them, stopped taking the pills after little more than a year.

Dad Keith said: “The message from this is clear - keep taking your medication because you never know when the next fit could happen.”

Pay your tribute to Vicky Baker. Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, alternatively e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk, or make an entry on a special tribute page on our website at www.eveningstar.co.uk