Luke forgoes presents for charities

WHEN some 18 year olds are saving hard for cars or the latest must-have gadget, Luke Brooks decided to use his birthday to give other people a boost.

The college student from Bantocks Road, Great Waldingfield, asked his friends and family to donate money to three charities.

Luke, who has epilepsy, raised more than £600 after holding an 18th birthday barbecue party at his home, with a number of stalls to help the fundraising.

Nicki Garrard, from Epilepsy Action, said her group had benefited from Luke’s birthday money to the tune of £261, which would be fed into projects in the region.

Great Ormond Street Hospital and Epilepsy Research were the other two charities to receive money from the party.

She said: “We think it was a fantastic achievement by Luke and very generous of him to donate this money collected for his 18 birthday to charity. I think Luke is an excellent role model.”

Mum Joanne said: “I am very proud of him for doing it because Luke finds a lot of things challenging as the epilepsy affects him very severely. It was a great day and showed how many people are supporting him.”

Luke, a former pupil at Great Waldingfield Primary School and All Saints Middle School, now studies animal care at college. Sudbury Cabs, which organises his transport, donated £54 to help the fund.

A FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT: Luke Brooks raised £600 for charity after asking family and friends to make a donation in lieu of his 18th birthday.

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