Fundraising with very different animals for Young Epilepsy
If you could choose an animal you’d like to fundraise with, or alongside, which would it be? Many of you may pick domesticated pets. Others may opt for reptiles. Here, we look at two recent activities that show you could fundraise with any mammal or reptile.
Sharkfest swim to Alcatraz
Swimming to the notorious Alcatraz prison and back may sound barmy, but doing so in shark-infested waters? That would make any galeophobe wince. The challenge didn’t rattle Lucy Turner, from Taunton, who did this swim for Young Epilepsy back in June.
Lucy did this in dedication of her 16 year old son, Jamie, who has complex epilepsy. Jamie had absence seizures from the age of 18 months. This later developed onto him having full tonic clonic seizures when he was 12, and focal seizures by 14. After an MRI scan showed some scarring (or lesions), in May 2016, doctors were able to reduce these through brain surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital.
Today, Jamie has seizures occasionally, but is still on a lot of medication. Just before Jamie’s surgery, Lucy was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour and underwent 13-hour brain surgery last September which removed most of her tumour. The Sharkfest event was her first fundraising event since surgery.
In total, Lucy raised an incredible £1,700 for Young Epilepsy.
Horse riding lessons in West Sussex
Rebecca Johnston, from Crawley, is 13 years of age. A keen horse rider, Rebecca, pictured with her pony Chloe, was diagnosed with epilepsy as a young child. She arranged for her horse riding instructor to donate the cost of her lessons at a local Cross Country Horse Riding Centre to Young Epilepsy. Rebecca has also been fundraising at her horse yard in Crawley.
So far, Rebecca has raised £255 from her efforts. The money is going straight to supporting one of Young Epilepsy’s residential houses.
Some of the residential students with Rebecca