Mum supports Young Epilepsy charity after son died falling into River Orwell as he suffered a fit

David Lee Dryden who died in February 2011.

David Lee Dryden who died in February 2011. - Credit: Archant

A mother has raised £1,600 for charity in honour of her son who died after an epileptic fit.

David Lee Dryden was 22 when he suffered the fit and fell into the River Orwell, close to Stoke Bridge, and drowned on February 5, 2011.

Now his mother, Natalie Dryden, 46, has spoken of her need to challenge herself in a bid to raise money for Young Epilepsy, and is planning to run the London Marathon next year.

Ms Dryden said: “I will never move on from it. But it is something I need to do to challenge myself.”

The chemotherapy nurse, from Wades Lane, Shotley, will be taking on the challenge alongside colleague Helen Cook.

She added: “We are planning on having David’s photo on the back of our shirts in his honour.”

As part of the marathon, Ms Dryden must raise at least £3,000. She has already raised £1,600 from a concert held at Holbrook Village Hall last weekend.

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Acts including, Almost Famous, Solomon Holmes, Roger Riley, Small Town Faith, Jim Nunn and Yoji Menuo all performed at the evening. The event was headlined by Ms Dryden’s nephew, Barny Holmes, and De’Vide, who appeared on The Voice last year.

Ms Dryden added: “It was amazing.” Ms Dryden is now planning to hold a horse show with her daughter, and a quiz night to raise more funds, with dates to be confirmed.