URGENT APPEAL

The Epilepsy Society has changed my life, and I want others to receive the same support.

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September appeal 2020

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Jasmine is working on the front line in the fight against Covid-19

The last six months have been difficult for everybody, especially for people living with epilepsy who have faced increased fear and anxiety. Jasmine has received support from us since she was diagnosed with epilepsy aged 17 and is now working as an ICU nurse.

‘The Epilepsy Society has always been there for me - I wouldn’t be nursing today without their support. They have been a lifeline for so many other people with epilepsy, not least during lockdown when many were desperate for expert information and support that they could access from home.

In the first three months of the pandemic we experienced a huge drop in income

In the first three months of the pandemic income fell by more than 42%

The Covid-19 crisis means The Epilepsy Society missed out on so many donations it would normally have received, and countless fundraising events have been cancelled. In the first three months of the pandemic alone, the charity’s income fell by more than 42%.

There is no other organisation in the UK that offers such wide-ranging, high-quality support for people with epilepsy and their families. But if we want The Epilepsy Society to continue to be there for us all, it needs our urgent help.

Your support today is so important.

 

We have to maintain vital services that so many people with epilepsy and their families depend on… but we simply can’t do it without you. 

Here are some of our services:

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Helpline

The Epilepsy Society’s helpline continues to play a vital role during the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re providing information and emotional support to people affected by epilepsy, which they can access from the safety of their own homes

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Information & support

People across the UK turn to the Epilepsy Society’s website and publications to help them understand their condition, and for details on benefits and services that can support them to live a full life. Seizures don’t stop during a pandemic. It’s crucial that people can continue to access the help they need.

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Diagnosis & treatment

The Epilepsy Society’s centre of medical excellence provides the latest diagnostic tests, assessments and medical treatment. While some medical services were halted at the start of the pandemic to avoid the spread of Covid-19, and to allow consultants to support frontline staff in the NHS, they have now restarted and continue to offer the highest quality care.

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Vital research

The Epilepsy Society research projects are currently aimed at spearheading personalised treatments. Our clinical and research activities are integrated on a single site, ensuring that the research we fund is relevant to clinical care and that advances made are quickly put into clinical practices. Many of our research projects have been on hold since the beginning of the pandemic but your gift today can ensure they continue finding breakthroughs long into the future.

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Care Services

Our care services provide residential care for approximately 90 adults, who in addition to their epilepsy, often have associated and additional complications, including physical and learning disabilities, brain injury and autism. Our care homes empower residents to live as full a life as possible within a supportive environment.