13 January 2014
Freemasons donate big to children’s epilepsy charity
The Freemasons of Surrey and their partners have gathered at the Nutfield Masonic Centre and donated £50,000 to Lingfield based national charity Young Epilepsy.
The donation was part of the Surrey for Surrey Scheme that involved 18 Surrey charities and saw members of the lodges and chapters finding out firsthand how the charities benefit. The Provincial Grand Master – Eric Stuart-Bamford- presented the cheque to Young Epilepsy which had been donated by Freemasons across the whole of the UK.
The donation will be used for Young Epilepsy’s Epilepsy Education for Schools programme, which delivers training to staff and students to improve the lives of young people living with epilepsy. The programme has already been successful in London, West Midlands and South Eastern including Surrey areas; the money from this donation will go to fund epilepsy education in schools in the Merseyside area. Through this training Young Epilepsy seeks to bring epilepsy into the open and pave the way for teachers to start a dialogue with pupils, reducing bullying and stigma.
Nick Parsons, Spokesman for the Surrey Provincial Charity Committee, said: “Many people are unaware that the Freemasons are amongst the largest donors to charity in the UK. This is the ninth Cheque Presentation Event organised by the Surrey for Surrey Scheme, which pools together donations from members of different Lodges and Chapters across Surrey, in a effort to make a significant impact for each charity. All this money has been raised by Freemasons and their families.”
Emma Tingley, National Services Programme Manager, said: “This fantastic project will benefit schools in the Merseyside area and help them to support young people with epilepsy. Our regionally based Education Officer will be delivering this free programme to both primary and secondary schools throughout 2014 and 2015.”
For more information, please visit youngepilepsy.org.uk.
Notes to Editors:
About Young Epilepsy
Young Epilepsy is the national charity working exclusively on behalf of children and young people with epilepsy. With over 100 years of experience we are a leading provider of specialist health and education services. The charity offers support, information, training for health, social care and education professionals and campaigns to improve access to, and quality of, health and education services.
Facts and stats
- Epilepsy is the most common serious childhood neurological condition. There are 60,000 children and young people aged 18 and under, and 112,000 aged 25 and under, living with epilepsy in the UK.
- On average there is a child with epilepsy in every primary school and five in every secondary school.
- There are around 600,000 people in the UK diagnosed with epilepsy. That’s about one in every 131 people. There are around 50 million people with epilepsy in the world. Around 75 people are diagnosed with epilepsy every day.
- Epilepsy is a neurological condition - which means it affects the brain.
- Epilepsy is described as the tendency to have seizures. Epilepsy is only diagnosed after the person has had more than one seizure.
- Seizures are sometimes called ‘fits’ or ‘attacks’. Seizures happen when there is a sudden interruption in the way the brain normally works.