4 December 2013
Peter Andre calls for everyone to nominate their epilepsy champion
Singer and tv personality Peter Andre is calling for everyone to nominate their ‘epilepsy champion’ for a prestigious award.
National charity, Young Epilepsy will hold it’s Young Epilepsy Champion Awards 2014 this coming March. The nominations process is now open, and Peter, who won an award in 2013, wants everyone to get involved.
These awards recognise the outstanding contribution individuals, groups and organisations across the UK make towards raising awareness and understanding of epilepsy, and improving the lives of children and young people living with the condition. They also celebrate individuals who overcome obstacles and create opportunities to use their story to inspire others.
Peter Andre, Singer, TV Personality and Young Epilepsy Champions Award winner, said: “The Young Epilepsy Champions Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of individuals, groups and professionals make towards improving the lives of young people with epilepsy. Our New York Coffee Club won in 2013, this year it could be you.
"Just because you have the condition, doesn’t mean you can’t achieve your mission. Everyone living with epilepsy is supported by at least one Champion; it may be a family member, a nurse, a doctor, a teacher or a business and they deserve our recognition and thanks, so nominate them today."
On average one child at every primary school and five at every secondary school in the UK will have been diagnosed with epilepsy. It is the most common serious neurological condition in childhood affecting 112,000 people aged 25 and under in the UK.
Nominating someone for a Young Epilepsy Champion Award is easy and can be done online at youngepilepsy.org.uk/champions-awards. All nominations must be received by midnight, 26 January, 2014 and the ceremony will take place on 26 March 2014 at City Hall in London.
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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.