In memory of Matt – friends plan first run to raise funds for Epilepsy Action

Friends Catherine and Kristian hope to raise money for Epilepsy Action in memory of Matt at Asda Foundation Leicester 10K.

Teacher Catherine Joel and her friend Kristian Zgorzelski are planning to run their first 10K in memory of  a friend who died following an epileptic seizure.

They will line up at the Asda Foundation Leicester 10K on Sunday 9th September to raise money for Epilepsy Action.

Their friend Matt Tandy, who was married and had two-year-old twin boys, Noah and Oliver, was just 29-years-old when he died on December 30th last year.

Catherine, 29, who lives in Hinckley, has lost over 7 stones over the past three years.

She said: “Matt was one of my best friends and a wonderful teacher. He was also a personal trainer, writing me my own fitness plans and helping me out with my weight loss whenever he could. Therefore, after the initial heart break of losing him, it just felt right to enter the race to try and prevent this tragedy from happening to another family.

“I have been training now for around 3 months and although it’s not been easy, it’s getting much more manageable. This will be both mine and Kris’s first running event and the first time we have done anything like this including fundraising, but it just feels right to do it now to honour our friend.”

Matt’s widow, Jess, and the twins will be among the crowd at Leicester supporting Kristian and Catherine.

Kristian, godfather to Noah and Oliver, said: “A few days after Christmas, Jess called Cat and I to tell us that Matt had collapsed during the night and had been taken to hospital. Completely out of the blue. The prognosis wasn’t looking promising.

“Matt’s life-support systems were switched off shortly after we’d got to Morriston Hospital in Swansea and we said our goodbyes.

“Matt was 29, a fitness instructor, a father, a husband, and a good friend. Although we were all aware that Matt suffered with epilepsy, it seemed to be under control and not particularly life changing and certainly not life threatening. I wasn’t even aware that epilepsy could be life threatening. 

“Matt suffered a massive epileptic seizure and never fully regained consciousness. I am running to raise money for epilepsy action because Matt no longer can.” 

Catherine and Kristian’s fundraising can be supported at

You can even join the pair at Leicester 10K 

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