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I'll brave heights in memory of our dear son.

Byline: SARA THOMAS

BEREAVED MUM TO BE WORK OF ART

ARTIST Debra Hamer is terrified of heights.

But after losing her son Warren at the age of just 23, she is determined to confront her fears by sitting on the plinth at Trafalgar Square as part of Anthony Gormley's Living Art project.

The 48-year-old, from Dyserth in Denbighshire, will take her place on the fourth plinth around Nelson's Column in memory of Warren, who died from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).

Debra, who has four other children, said: "I'm terrified of heights and will have to sit on the 22ft plinth for an hour, but I'm doing it for Warren and to raise awareness of the condition that killed him.

"He was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 15. He was a fun-loving boy, fiercely independent and desperate to make a life for himself.

"He would have mood swings, uncontrollable outbursts. I wished he'd stayed at home with us here in Wales but he moved around a lot and died alone in rented accommodation in Bolton. I found out a day later, on Mother's Day."

After his death, Debra and husband Gareth were told that he had died from SUDEP, a condition that kills 1,000 epilepsy sufferers in the UK every year.

Since then, Debra has become involved in the charity Epilepsy Bereaved.

She added: "As a student artist, I used to marvel at the work of Antony Gormley and adopted his method of casting the body.

"So when I heard about his One & Other project, inviting people to stand on the fourth plinth for one hour at a time, I thought it would be a great way to raise awareness.

"I will be sitting back to back with one of my body casts, representing the overpowering shock of losing someone you love, and not wanting to face what has happened or talk to anyone about it."

And Debra, now a chef, hopes that her role in the living art exhibition on August 20 will bring SUDEP into the open so it can be widely discussed.

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Date:Aug 3, 2009
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