The Sophie Cameron Trust
In 1999, Sophie Cameron, who was a seventeen-year-old schoolgirl, was diagnosed with Encephalitis Lethargica(EL). She spent nine months in hospital, three of them in intensive care, and although she survived the illness, she was left severely disabled. The Sophie Cameron Trust was established in 2001 by the many friends of the Cameron family, in order to do something positive to help Sophie. The Cameron family generously agreed to allow Sophie's name to be used by the Trust. The Trust committee soon realised, however, that the "bigger picture" needed to be addressed. Not only Sophie, but also others with EL might need assistance, and would be in a position to benefit from developments and opportunities arising from progress in medical and scientific research.
Prior to February 1999, Sophie was a pupil of The Royal High School, Bath. She was destined to be Head Girl and was looking forward to a career in medicine. She was athletic, a good leader, always polite and popular, and she had a stunning future ahead of her.
Sophie, then aged 17, contracted EL. She was admitted into Intensive Care and remained unconscious for three months. Following complications, she was left with severe brain damage and physical disability requiring 24-hour care and intensive physiotherapy. Sadly, Sophie passed away on 30th May 2006 aged 24
years. The Trust now continues in her memory.