Gerry Acher to lead £10m Children's Epilepsy Fundraising Appeal
Sir Bryan Nicholson leaves after £7 million epilepsy centre success
Respected City professional Gerry Acher is to be appointed President of the leading children’s epilepsy charity, The Young Epilepsy (Young Epilepsy).
He takes over from eminent businessman and public servant Sir Bryan Nicholson, who is retiring after seven years as President. Mr Acher will lead the charity’s capital fundraising activities.
As President, Sir Bryan Nicholson drove the successful £7million campaign to fund the UK’s first purpose built childhood epilepsy diagnosis and treatment centre, which opened at Young Epilepsy in 2009.
Mr Acher will initially spearhead a £10 million fundraising campaign for a new school on Young Epilepsy’s Surrey campus, to replace the current buildings, some of which are over 100 years old.
The school, which attracts pupils with severe epilepsy and learning disabilities from across the UK, provides support for young people with special needs aged 5-19.
Young Epilepsy’s Chief Executive, David Ford, said:
We are delighted that Gerry Acher has agreed to become our new president. This is a crucial time for Young Epilepsy as we consolidate our role as a national charity for all 60,000 children with epilepsy and create cutting edge school facilities for pupils with severe learning disabilities and complex disabilities.
We are hugely grateful to Sir Bryan Nicholson who has provided inspiring leadership for our fundraising activities over recent years and whose contribution has led to the creation of our Neville Childhood Epilepsy Centre for the diagnosis and treatment of young people with epilepsy.
I am looking forward to working with Gerry and wish Sir Bryan well for the future. Gerry Acher said,
I am hugely excited at the potential of Young Epilepsy. to make a real difference to the lives of the 60,000 young people with epilepsy, their families and those who care for them whether through its health facilities, its school or its outreach programme.