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Chance funeral order discovery boosts charity

The Epilepsy Society received a huge donations boost after a woman who found a funeral order of service for a 21-year-old epileptic woman shared it on social media, reports the BBC.

Hari Miller found the order of service in her new office drawer, detailing the funeral of Amelia Roberts, who died aged 21 in Hertfordshire in 2018.

She "had a cry in the toilet", donated to the family's fundraising page and shared the story on Twitter, where it was retweeted nearly 9,000 times.

Donations to the Epilepsy Society via the page rose from £80,000 to £118,000.

Hari (centre) with Hamish and Debbie
Roberts. Photos: Hari Miller

Ms Miller said she had been trying to get inside the drawer for six weeks after starting a new job and had almost given up, when she decided to give it "a proper shove."

"I pulled out the order of service. It was a real shock," she said. "I carried on reading, went for a cry in the toilet … and thought 'I just have to give something'."

Ms Roberts died in December 2018 when she had a seizure while having a bath at her home in Long Marston near Tring.

She had been diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy that was resistant to drugs when she was 16 years old.

Before she died, she had arranged to donate her brain to medical research.

Hamish Roberts said his daughter was "the most courageous girl" who "fulfilled so many things" and her mother Debbie said she would be "up there having a bit of a laugh" at the turn of events.

Clare Pelham, chief executive of the Epilepsy Society, said the money would fund a researcher called a "bioinformatician" to investigate links between genetics and epilepsy.

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