Sunday 18th May marked the beginning of National Epilepsy Week and what better way to start it off that with a successful fundraising event!
Yesterday saw people gather at my home farm in mid-Wales to enjoy a tour around the acres of apple orchards that the farm boasts. May blossom is a spectacular sight to behold and a stroll around the orchards was exactly what was on the menu. The sun was truly on our side and the day was beautiful making the day an extremely enjoyable experience, whether sheltering in the cool of the shade or strolling around the fields.
With tea and cake included it proved to be a thoroughly successful event and people gave generously. I would like to take the opportunity to express my thanks to my wonderful parents for helping me with my fundraising in organising this walk, particularly since my exams have required my absence, and Jane and Gareth Thomas for their part in organising and helping. There were many others who helped to make this event possible and I am extremely grateful to you for all your help and participation.
To those of you who came and donated, thank-you very much! Your money is going to a great cause and will go a long way towards helping those in need. Epilepsy touches many lives and yet so many are unaware of this.
Here are a few facts:
- There are over 40 different types of seizure
- Epilepsy can start at any age.
- One in 50 people will have epilepsy at some point in their life.
- One in 20 people will have a one-off seizure at some point in their life (does not mean that they necessarily have epilepsy).
- Around 87 people are diagnosed with epilepsy every day.
- There are over 500,000 people in the UK who have epilepsy. To put it in perspective, that is one in every 103 people.
The Epilepsy Society provide brilliant care offering support for those who need it, including specialist diagnostic, outpatient, assessment and therapeutic drug monitoring services. Their researchers work with the University of London, the institute of Neurology and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery with the aim of creating a better understanding of epilepsy and to improve on the current treatments. They work help to raise awareness with the public and schools. On site homes are provided for those who suffer with complex epilepsy, which includes nursing and respite care and living support.
I hope this short article has provided you with a little bit of insight into epilepsy and what the Epilepsy Society does to help. Thank-you all once again for your help and kind donations. It really does make a difference.
If you want any more information on epilepsy or what the Epilepsy Society do then please visit: http://www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/
(Please note, this post was originally posted on my old blog but due to inaccessibility I am reposting here and so please excuse the dates)