Group set for youth club open day

Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group held a coffee morning at St Saviours and St Peters church hall. (L to R): supporter Mark Pybus, Chair Andy Evans, members Shirley Jones and Susan Pybus. May 21st 2013 E21030P
Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group held a coffee morning at St Saviours and St Peters church hall. (L to R): supporter Mark Pybus, Chair Andy Evans, members Shirley Jones and Susan Pybus. May 21st 2013 E21030P

An Eastbourne-based charity is gearing up for the launch of its youth group next month.

Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group is hosting an open day on September 14 for children aged seven – 19-years-old in Sussex with the condition to give them the chance to meet others in a similar situation.

The organisation was co-founded eight years ago by Andy Evans, who was bullied after suffering seizures as a schoolboy.

He and the group have been keen to introduce a youth club for a while.

The Hampden Park resident said, “There’s been a lot of work that’s gone on with this and it’s great that we’ve got the club up and running.”

The open day takes place at Community Wise in Ocklynge Road between 10am and midday and will include pool, table tennis, crafts and refreshments.

Mr Evans is hoping the youth club will then go on to meet on a regular basis in Eastbourne and that outings can also be organised for activities such as ten pin bowling. Mr Evans, who suffered from epilepsy aged 10 after falling off a bike, added, “We’re looking for young people and their families to have fun and share their experiences.”

The group was given a boost after receiving lottery funding to go towards buying laptops and phones, which will come in handy when the organisation opens a helpline in the future. Funds also went towards getting a website up and running at: www.eaeg.org.uk

Anyone who would like to go to the open day should call 07757 240331 or email: chair@eaeg.org.uk. A parent should accompany their child to the youth club sessions. The group is also looking for a secretary and anyone interested should call Mr Evans on the above number.