Celebrity ambassadors and supporters
Young Epilepsy is working with a wealth of high profile supporters, who are keen to help us spread the word about the condition and help raise awareness for children and young people living with epilepsy across the UK.
Dai Greene - Welsh hurdler, 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medal winner and Olympic Captain for Team GB 2012
Dai Greene is the second fastest man in Britain, and has personal experience of living with epilepsy having been diagnosed during his late teens. Dai is the face of Young Epilepsy’s My Purple Pledge campaign and an official ambassador for Young Epilepsy. He is helping us by using his own experiences of epilepsy to help raise vital awareness. Dai very generously donates prize money from TV appearances and celebrity challenges to help our work.
Philip Martin Brown, aka Mr Grantley Budgen from Waterloo Road
Philip first made contact with Young Epilepsy through Twitter. He himself was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy when he was just 19 years of age. He is delighted to be an ambassador for our charity and has donated a signed script, school tie and photographs from the Waterloo Road show. Philip has undertaken numerous interviews talking about his epilepsy and even hosted a Waterloo Road party in our honour which raised over £1,000.
Nathaniel Parker – actor
Actor Nathaniel Parker, who currently has a starring role in the BBC’s Merlin, is a keen supporter of Young Epilepsy. He has taken part in the BBC’s latest series of Celebrity Mastermind – helping us to raise vital funds for young people living with epilepsy. He managed to raise £2,750 for us.
Stavros Flatley – Britain’s Got Talent dance sensation
Britain’s Got Talent dance sensation, Stavros Flatley, first got involved with Young Epilepsy during our 2011 My Purple Pledge campaign. They are now firm friends of our charity and have been to the campus in Lingfield to meet with the students. The father and son duo helped us to launch our ‘reach for the stars’ Christmas campaign in 2011.
Nicholas Owen – Journalist and writer
Nicholas is a well known journalist, writer and news reader who works for the BBC. We’ve been very lucky to have Nicholas as a supporter for a number of years. Nicholas is regular visitor to Young Epilepsy and most recently visited in July 2012 to launch our appeal to transform the Young Epilepsy farm - you can watch his video here. In March 2013 he was a magnificent host for our first ever Champions Awards at City Hall.
Leon Legge – Footballer
Leon plays for League One team Brentford FC and was named E.ON Player of the Round and Supporters’ Player of the Year at the end of this first season. A former care-worker, Leon has first-hand experience of epilepsy having been diagnosed as a 16 year old. Leon gave an in-depth interview to our Voice magazine and can often be found tweeting about us. At our Champions Awards ceremony in March 2013 Leon spoke about how the condition does not have to be a barrier to success.
Martyn Rooney – Sprinter
Martyn Rooney is a talented 400 metres runner and has run in a variety of competitions including the Commonwealth Games, European Cup and IAAF World Championships. Martyn has a personal connection with epilepsy as his brother has the condition and is a student at our specialist school, St Piers. Martyn recently visited Young Epilepsy to the delight of our school students and we’re delighted to have his backing.
Mark Flanagan - Rugby player
24 year old Mark Flanagan is a first team player for Super League club, St Helens, and an ambassador for Young Epilepsy. He first got involved through our flagship "My Purple Pledge" campaign. Mark, who has a family member living with epilepsy, is helping us to raise invaluable awareness by pledging his support to make a difference to young lives with epilepsy.
Jordan Smith aka Andrew Robinson from Neighbours
Jordan is a Scottish born Australian actor who is currently starring as Andrew Robinson in Neighbours. His characters recent storyline in the show involves him coming to terms with epilepsy. Jordan wanted to fully understand the condition and how it affects people, he has taken advice from professionals as well as doing his own research. He fully supports Young Epilepsy after seeing how coming to terms and living with the condition can affect someone.