LETTER: Raising awareness about Epilepsy


National Epilepsy Week is coming up from May 18-24 and, here at Epilepsy Action, we are raising as much awareness as possible about the condition.

Part of this involves celebrating educational establishments who are providing a supportive learning environment to pupils or students with epilepsy. We therefore would like to ask readers to nominate a local school for an Edward education award, organised by national charity Epilepsy Action.

We are encouraging local residents and parents, as well as nurseries, schools, colleges and universities from across the East Midlands to get involved and show their outstanding support for students with epilepsy. Anyone can nominate a school or educational setting to win an Edward by downloading a form from our website. https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/campaigns/education/professionals/edwards-awards

Previous winners have trained members of staff in epilepsy awareness, held assemblies to tackle any myths, or put a buddy system in place to support pupils with epilepsy. All these things can help to make sure that young people with epilepsy receive the right support at school to enable them to reach their full potential.

Epilepsy affects an estimated 63,400 children and young people aged under 18 in the UK. Past research has suggested that up to half of children with epilepsy underachieve academically in relation to their intellectual ability.

The closing date for entries is Friday, April 4. Award winners will be notified by Friday, May 2, and the award presented during National Epilepsy Week, May 18-24. For more information about the Edward awards and to enter, visit epilepsy.org.uk/edwards

or call 0113 210 8800.

Nicole Crosby McKenna

Acting campaigns manager Epilepsy Action