Chair of the Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group Andy Evans won a prestigious individual award at the National Young Epilepsy Champions Awards last week.
Andy, who is an epilepsy sufferer himself, was awarded the ‘Supporting the Community – Individual’ accolade for his work establishing a youth club that supports children and young people with epilepsy and their families.
The event was held in City Hall, in London, on March 26 and was attended by a wealth of celebrities from the world of sport, film and TV, including Spandau Ballet star and EastEnders actor Martin Kemp and double Olympic gold-medallist rower James Cracknell.
Andy said, “I thanked Sally Wooller personally in my quick talk after receiving the award, as the youth group would not have got off the ground without her support, and she unfortunately could not make the evening. I also thanked my son Jamie who, when he was six, knew what to do when I had a seizure and the ambulance crew said he saved my life and awarded him. He is now 22.”
Andy has spent the last 15 years providing information and raising awareness of epilepsy, as well as trying to reduce the stigma surrounding it.
Nine years ago, he set up the EAEG, which as well as carrying on his good work improving the profile of epilepsy, also offers support, social meetings and event for fellow sufferers.
Last September, the EAEG started a youth group held on the second Saturday of every month at Community Wise in Old Town (10.30am-12.30pm). This provides an opportunity for people aged seven to 17 to talk with others in the same boat as themselves.
As the EAEG is the only of its kind in East Sussex, it attracts both adults and young people from across the county.
For more information, visit www.eaeg.org.uk.