The Swindon Epilepsy Support Group which is being set up and supported by the Rotary Club of Swindon Thamesdown, received a cheque for £704.78 from the Swindon Academy on 5 April. The school raised the money during Red Nose Day. Pupils and staff did various activities such as a non-uniform day, ‘soak the teacher’ and a sponsored singing in the rain.
Swindon Academy donated half the money they raised to the Swindon Epilepsy Support Group. One of the members of the group is 9 year old Chloe Newbold who has epilepsy and the school has been so moved by her condition and the setting up of the support group. The cheque was presented from Chloe and her brother Martin to John Fisher (President of the Rotary Club of Swindon Thamedown) and Paul Parfrey (Chair of the support group and Junior Vice President of the Rotary Club). Also present was Jill Barrett (Associate Principal Head for Swindon Academy) and the Deputy Mayor Cllr Ray Ballman.
The Epilepsy Support Group was set up September 2010. Membership is now around thirty members and a meeting takes place each month at the Holiday Inn at Dorcan. The group is aiming to gain charitable status and is planning fundraising activities to raise awareness and also to provide social events to bolster the new community the group has brought together.
If you have epilepsy or are caring for someone who has and you feel that you are getting no support or feel very lonely dealing with this medical condition, then contact Paul Parfrey for more information or just go along to one of the meetings at the Holiday Inn, Dorcan
National Epilepsy Week (NEW) 2011 is from 15 to 21 May when the Swindon Epilepsy Support Group will be holding events and raising awareness at various locations across Swindon, look out for our logo…..
The next Epilepsy Support Group meeting is on Thursday 18 May at 8pm. For more information contact Paul Parfrey on 07929 725708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The website is under construction at www.swindonepilepsy.org.uk