The brother of an amateur dramatics enthusiast who died suddenly is taking on Mount Kilimanjaro in his memory.
Andrew Lord, 28, a former member of Buddies, the youth section of Accrington Theatre Group, was born with a hole in his heart. He collapsed on January 3, 2012 and died later that day after an epileptic fit.
Now Andrew’s brother Richard, 33, is planning to climb Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Epilepsy Action in his brother’s memory.
He said: “We didn’t know what had happened at the time but Andrew’s cause of death was epilepsy so that’s why I chose the charity.
“I hadn’t realised epilepsy can do that but actually it kills a lot of people.
“Climbing Kilimanjaro is something I’d wanted to do for years and this year would have been Andrew’s 30th birthday so to combine it with raising money for a charity for him was brilliant.”
Richard hopes to raise £5,500 for the charity with the trek in October and is encouraging people in Accrington and Oswaldtwistle who knew his brother to donate.
He said: “He knew people right across the north west but particularly in Accrington, Oswaldtwistle and Blackburn and the more people who can contribute the better.”
Richard, who now lives in Poulton-le-Fylde, leaves for the eight-day trek on October 2.
To support him visit www.justgiving.com/lordrichard.