Cocktail party in memory of West Wickham brain haemorrhage man

PUBLISHED: 11:30 05 November 2012

Hannah (left), Kathryn (centre) and Alan Lodge

Hannah (left), Kathryn (centre) and Alan Lodge


A West Wickham family is hosting a cocktail party on Saturday (10) to fundraise in memory of their son and brother who died suddenly from a brain haemorrhage.

Journalist Alan Lodge was just 29 when he collapsed after suffering a bleed at work in February this year. He had no pre-existing condition.

Now his family want to raise money for the National Brain Appeal which funds research and equipment and is currently aiming to raise £2million towards building two new operating theatres.

Mr Lodge’s sister, Hannah, 23, has organised the event, to be held at cocktail bar The Folly, in central London, because of her brother’s work a drinks journalist. He would travel around the world for his job, sometimes to the Caribbean and America.

“I adored my brother Alan and we all miss him terribly, said Hannah. “We can’t change what happened to him but we can help others with neurological conditions.”

Mr Lodge lived at home with his parents Colin and Margaret and sisters Hannah and Kathryn.

He had a girlfriend, also called Hannah, who is a drama student based in Bristol and who he visited at weekends.

To mark the occasion, The Folly has created a signature cocktail using Mr Lodge’s favourite whiskey, Ardbeg.

The drink, named Last Word, has been made in order to raise extra money for the charity.

Ten per cent of each Last Word sold will be donated to the National Brain Appeal.

According to statistics from the Royal College of Nursing, one in six people will be affected by a neurological condition.

So far, the family, along with Mr Lodge’s friends and former work colleagues, have raised over £10,000 for the National Brain Appeal with other charity activities.

Tickets for the event at The Folly in Gracechurch Street, Bank, are available on the door, with a suggested donation of £10.

For more information contact the National Brain Appeal on 020 3448 4724, and to make a donation to the family, visit

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