Our amazing supporters 2013!
Rosco’s 5K Scoot!
Rosco was diagnosed with epilepsy at just 2 years old; it was a frightening time for his whole family but fortunately his medication managed to control his epilepsy and he is now seizure free.
Rosco wanted to give something back to children who aren’t as fortunate as him and on the 17th November he took part in a 5K scoot with a number of his friends who were all raising money for a variety of causes. It took Rosco just over an hour to complete the 5K course, he was exhausted but had a great time.
Thank you Rosco for raising a fantastic £1,614.
Shrek and Princess Fiona fundraise for Young Epilepsy
On the 14 September Pete and Terri donned their finest Shrek and Princess Fiona costumes and walked 20 miles round Grafham Water Centre in aid of Young Epilepsy. They aimed to complete the walk in under 8 hours but managed to complete it in just over 5 hours and raised a fantastic £220 in the process.
Pete and Terri chose to fundraise for Young Epilepsy as part of numerous events they have organised to raise money in memory of Nik. Terri said ‘Nik was a beautiful, selfless, generous soul and an advocate for others less able. With this in mind we could think of nothing less apt then to raise awareness and funds for Young Epilepsy in her memory and honour, in the hope to provide help and advice for others whose lives are affected by epilepsy.’
Caterham Bowling Club fancy dress fun!
Each year Caterham Bowling Club holds a Charity Day where money is raised for the captain’s chosen charity.
This year the men’s captain, Michael Hewett chose us! Members were asked to play in fancy dress, rather than club uniform with the theme being any costume beginning with the letter ‘P’. As you can see there were pirates, policemen, punks and Peter Pan. The club had a fantastic time and raised an incredible £770.
Huge thank you to everyone at Caterham Bowling Club and to Michael Hewett for choosing to support Young Epilepsy this year.
Santander staff help make dreams come true
130 staff from Santander Consumer Finance in Redhill came to Young Epilepsy in full force to grant yet another wish for our students!
The volunteers worked tirelessly in the heat over 3 long days to build – from scratch - the most magical woodland area for our students to enjoy sensory, outdoor learning experiences, surrounded by nature.
Every single volunteer should be extremely proud of what they have achieved for our students. It is a wonderful legacy which will be enjoyed for many years to come. Thank you Santander Consumer Finance, you are simply wonderful!
24 peaks in 24 hours
One of our amazing supporters Sarah Cavanagh took on the incredible challenge of climbing 24 peaks in 24 hours. Battling through torrential rain, 55mph winds and zero visibility she said it was the hardest thing she has ever had to do but that it was an amazing experience.
This challenge was not for the faint heartened with 4am starts and 13 hour days but Sarah completed it and has raised over £1,000 for Young Epilepsy.
Thank you so much Sarah, we hope your legs have recovered!
Iva set to conquer Kilimanjaro
In August 2014 Iva Dixon will be climbing the highest freestanding mountain in the world – Kilimanjaro, all in aid of Young Epilepsy. This ten day trek is incredibly challenging both physically and mentally but she is really excited to take it on.
Iva is holding several fundraising events in the run up to the trek and hopes to raise £10,000! If you would like to support Iva’s climb you can donate online.
We are thrilled Iva is taking on this phenomenal challenge and wish her all the best!
In April 2015 Ashley Wilson and James Ketchell will attempt to row the Indian Ocean (3,600 miles) in record time in aid of Young Epilepsy.
The Indian Ocean is one of the least rowed oceans in the world ,in fact more people have been into space than rowed the Indian Ocean. There have only been 38 recorded attempts, only 16 attempts were successful and only 4 of these were a pair. Ashley and James hope to break the record for the crossing by a pair which currently stands at 85d 2h 05min.
This is a phenomenal challenge but to add to it, Ashley has epilepsy and on average has a seizure once a week which as you can imagine adds yet another unpredictable dimension to an already very difficult challenge.
They hope to raise £80,000 for Young Epilepsy, Scouts and Macmillan Cancer. We are so grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of this challenge.
To keep updated with their challenge visit their website: http://www.nothings-impossible.co.uk
If you would like to sponsor them, you can donate online here »»
Thank you to all our wonderful supporters who completed the Super Hero Run at Regent's Park on Sunday 19th May to help raise funds for Young Epilepsy.
It was wonderful to see everyone dressed as their favourite Super Hero's and watch the likes of Batman, Superman and Super Girl run through the lovely setting of Regent's Park.
Young Epilepsy hopes to raise £5,000 from this event and we would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who made this possible.
Yorkshire Building Society show their support
Thank you to the Yorkshire Building Society for donating almost £2,000 to Young Epilepsy to allow us to purchase much needed sensory equipment for students at St Piers School and College.
The East Grinstead building society will also be holding a week-long fundraising extravaganza throughout National Epilepsy Week (19-25 May). Colleagues at the branch will be spending the week hosting a wide range of purple-tastic activities to raise money such as drawing competitions, guess the number of sweets and a purple dress-down day.
We would like to thank the Yorkshire Building Society for this wonderful donation and in particular the East Grinstead branch for all their support.
Vinnie Bakes for Purple Day
What more inspiration can you need for having Purple fun than Vinnie.
On Purple Day Vinnie and his mum baked cakes which they sold raising an amazing £120.90.
What makes Vinnie even more special is that he is only 2 years old!
Vinnie was diagnosed with Epilepsy in December 2012, after having his first seizure at 12 weeks old. He decided he wanted to do something special, and baking cakes is certainly fun and yummy!
Thank you Vinnie.
Going for a sleigh ride
Cheam 41 Club support Young Epilepsy with a little help from Santa.
Thank you so much to the Cheam 41 Club for the fantastic donation of £450 given as a result of their Christmas collections.
Every December members of the club collect door to door with the help of Santa and his sleigh for local causes. We are absolutely thrilled to receive this fantastic donation. Every member of the Cheam 41 Club is involved in Santa’s collections but a special thanks to Club Chairman Jeff Jones, Charity organiser and driver Peter Bright who are both pictured and Gerry Booth who built the float and has designed it since 1966.
Laura goes Purple!
Laura said: ‘I wanted to support Purple Day and fundraise for Young Epilepsy because my beautiful daughter Katey is affected by epilepsy every day of her life as are so many other children around the world. Young Epilepsy are a huge support to us and their research will hopefully change our lives one day!’
Laura celebrated Purple Day by turning herself purple for the day, she painted her skin, dyed her blonde hair purple and wore her Young Epilepsy t-shirt with pride. Laura wanted to raise £200 but has been overwhelmed by the generosity of her friends and family and raised over £400.
Big thank you to Laura for taking Purple Day so literally and taking on this wacky fundraiser!
St George’s College Junior School goes Purple!
Huge thank you to everyone at St George’s College Junior School, Weybridge for holding a Purple Day and raising an incredible £1,179.80 for Young Epilepsy.
Special thanks to Nicole Walsh a student at St George’s College Junior School for putting Young Epilepsy forward to be their chosen charity. Thank you Nicole for your continued support. Nicole (centre) is pictured here running a fundraising stall with her friends Daniella and Megan.
Community support from Asda, Hatfield
Young Epilepsy recently won the Community Life Scheme at Asda in Hatfield, Herts. This involved customers choosing which charity to support by donating a token after they bought their shopping. Young Epilepsy was up against two other charities but won outright which resulted in a donation of £200.
Emma Dalrymple, a member of Young Epilepsy's Welwyn Garden City Fundraising Group collected the cheque recently from the store manager. A big thank you to Asda in Hatfield and all their customers for helping to raise funds for Young Epilepsy, your support is extremely appreciated.
Walking the extra mile
Brenda Campbell Smith a member of our therapies team at Young Epilepsy took on the incredible challenge of trekking 100km through the Sahara. This eight day trek saw Brenda walk over 6 hours a day, tackling challenging terrains and battling through sandstorms with a team of sixteen.
Brenda thoroughly enjoyed the experience and is really proud of this incredible achievement. A huge thank you to Brenda for taking on this challenge and raising almost £3,000 for Young Epilepsy.
Brighton half marathon challenge
Bill Cox took on the challenge of running the Brighton half marathon and raised over £500 for Young Epilepsy. Bill trained incredibly hard and it paid off as he completed the run in 13 miles in 2 hours and 31 minutes.
He found the course pretty tough and said his legs felt like weights but he ran the whole way to the finish line and is already considering taking part next year.
Thanks to our Bath runners
Cathy, Sarah and Andrew Hammond took part in the Bath Half Marathon in March and raised a fantastic £1,606 for Young Epilepsy. A big thank you to them for all their hard work, both running and fundraising!
Ain't no mountain high enough
Young Epilepsy Student Support Worker Chloe Houghton recently took on the incredible challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with her father Alan. Chloe and Alan found the climb extremely hard but thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are thrilled to have raised over £1,000 for Young Epilepsy.
Chloe said: “It was a six day walk to the summit and back down, which was a challenge due to the increasing altitude level. However, after an 8-hour climb in the dark to the summit on the last day, the views from the 'roof of Africa' were spectacular and the sense of achievement made it all worth the effort. Thank you to everyone that has sponsored me and helped us raise over £1000 for Young Epilepsy.”