THE family of a Southampton student who died this year was presented with an award in his honour. Edward Bunker was diagnosed with stomach cancer in November 2017 but died just five months later.

A "talented" second year student at Solent University, he was also a dedicated fundraiser who raised money for charity by running Southampton's ABP marathon - amongst others.

His parents, Alan and Florence, came to the East Park Terrace site to receive the award dedicated to Edward's achievements.

Edward's course leader Associate Professor Shakeel Ahmad said: "Edward was on track to graduate on BSc (Hons) Network Security Management course at Solent University and had completed his first year of study successfully.

"Edward was a talented student, who was always very keen to learn and discover new things, he used to pay attention to detail and was very focussed and goal oriented. He often asked questions in the class showing his quest for knowledge and curiosity.

"We hope that Edward’s family will take comfort, and some joy as well from the ceremony as the University remember his accomplishments and achievements.”

Mr Bunker said: "We knew then how hard Edward had been studying and had become one of their outstanding students.We found out that although he was ill he had done enough work to pass the first part of the year's course. At the same time he was doing charity work and also working to earn money for his studies."