An Eastbourne charity is desperately calling for help from members of the public as it faces closure due to a lack of money and support.
The Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group (EAEG) is a small but vital charity in the town that supports local families and individuals affected by the condition - a condition that can strike anyone at any stage of their life.
The charity was founded by Andy Evans, who himself suffers from epilepsy. Since setting up the group, Andy has won countless awards, including a ‘Supporting the Community - Individual’ accolade at the National Young Epilepsy Champions Awards in April 2014.
The EAEG arranges group meeting for adults and holds small fundraising events to cover the costs of these activities. However, Andy’s health has been so bad this year that he has not been able to hold these events as he did previously.
Last year, a youth group was also established to cater for the needs of younger epileptics and allowing the young people to socialise with their peers and share their common worries and experiences around living with epilepsy.
EAEG also has an educational role in raising general awareness about epilepsy, as it is important that people understand the needs of those affected by this condition and also how to react in the event of a person suffering an epileptic seizure.
However, the charity is under threat and is now calling on the Eastbourne public to give something back to a charity that has helped so many.
There are a variety of different ways in which you can help Andy and the charity, including donating some time to help with fundraising events, becoming a trustee or by donating unwanted items that can be sold to raise additional funds.
Cash donations will also be gratefully accepted by the charity at this tough time.
To show your support or to gather more information about the charity, visit the website at www.eaeg.org.uk or contact EAEG through the facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Eastbourne-Area-Epilepsy-Group/202455526432988. Alternatively, you can ring Andy on 0775724033.
The EAEG was set up nine years ago and is the only charity of its kind in East Sussex. The charity has so many plans for the future to increase the help and support it can offer to members of the public suffering with epilepsy, including a helpline and mobile call centre so that it will be able to offer around the clock support and advice for those in need as and when it is required.
Also in the pipeline, EAEG hopes to train volunteers to hold talks at local schools and organise awareness days where the public will be offered the specific First Aid training required to treat those who have suffered a seizure.
The charity is urging people to act now, before it is too late.