Last year Epilepsy Action helped 1.38 million people

May 1, 2015   //   No Comments

On her recent appointment as SAIF’s National President, Gemma O’Driscoll selected Epilepsy Action as one of her charities for the year.

Epilepsy is a serious neurological condition that anyone can get, at any time. For many people it will be a lifelong condition.  Epilepsy Action is the UK’s biggest epilepsy charity, leading the fight against all types of epilepsy – of which there are over 40.  Our Epilepsy Helpline has been described as a lifeline by people living with this complex condition.  This life-changing work is reliant on voluntary donations. It simply wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of companies and individuals like you.

When you’re worried or anxious, a few words of advice and reassurance can make all the difference. It costs just £6 for one of our experts to answer a call from a vulnerable person. Having epilepsy can feel like you’ve lost control of your life. Understanding your epilepsy can help get back that control. Right now, we can only answer three out of four calls to the Epilepsy Helpline – your support could help change that.

According to a recent survey, nine out of ten people in Britain would get basic first aid for seizures wrong. With your support we could provide first aid training to more people, helping people with epilepsy to feel safer in public. Together, we can also raise epilepsy awareness and help stamp out stigma and discrimination.  In the UK, 32,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy every year. That’s 87 every single day. 17 of these are children. Children and the elderly are more likely to develop epilepsy.

For the newly diagnosed the world can seem like a lonely and scary place to be. With your support we can run events across the UK. These events provide people affected by epilepsy the opportunity to meet others and get the information they need to feel in control of their epilepsy.

Being free of seizures and unwanted side-effects is the ultimate goal for everyone living with epilepsy. Realistically, with current treatments, it is not possible for everyone to achieve this. In the UK only 52% of people living with epilepsy are seizure free – with the right medication and care this figure could be 70% – that’s 108,000 more people living without the fear of having a seizure every day. You can help fund research to increase our understanding of epilepsy and ultimately improve diagnosis and treatment.