Comment: Help support the work of Epilepsy Scotland

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“I was diagnosed with Frontal Lobe Epilepsy when I was just twelve years old.

“I’m now 31 and it has never stopped me from doing all of the things that most people take for granted. I currently work as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher with the Scottish Ambulance Service.

“Over the past eighteen months I have been a very active member of my community and have been chairperson of Tenants and Residents in Muirhouse (TRIM) for the last year.

“Since I was diagnosed I haven’t let the illness hamper my life. I started to raise money for Epilepsy Scotland as I felt it was a charity well worth supporting and one which sadly cannot apply for funding to carry out all the vital work they do.

“In Scotland 54,000 people live with epilepsy. Anyone can develop epilepsy at any time, although children and the elderly are most at risk.

“Epilepsy Scotland were set up over 50 years ago and campaign for improved healthcare, better information provision and an end to stigma surrounding the common neurological condition.

“I really believe that they can make a difference to the lives of people who are affected by the illness, provided they are given the funs they need to carry out their work.

“They are currently carrying out a fundraising collection of stamps, and I have been encouraging everyone I know to collect the stamps for me so that I can send them on. Epilepsy Scotland really do appreciate the support and I believe that everyone really can make a difference, its so simple.”

“I have received support from local councilors in my area who have asked all the councilors in the city to collect stamps so that they can be dropped off at the community shop in Muirhouse.”

“Anyone who wishes to support the stamp collecting campaign can drop their stamps of at the community shop on Pennywell Road. The more stamps we get the more money we can generate.”

For further details of how to donate, visit www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk or call 0131 226 5458

Robert Pearson is chairman of Tenants and Residents in Muirhouse (TRIM)