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Epilepsy group set to open youth club

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 E21029P

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 E21029P

An Eastbourne-based charity is planning to set up a youth group to give children with epilepsy the chance to meet other young people with the condition.

Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group is hopes to lay on activities during the sessions and is looking for funding to help support its goal.

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

He and John Lumm joined forces to get the group started and for part of last week which was National Epilepsy Week the group were in the Arndale Centre with a stand and tombola and also held a coffee morning.

Mr Evans, who lives in Hampden Park, said, “By doing this [the youth club] they will not only hopefully enjoy it but it will bring them a bit of confidence.

“For seven years we have been wanting to do something with the young people but we had to get the group established before we were in a situation to do something like this.”

The aim is to set up the youth group for seven to 17-year-olds up by the end of the summer holidays.

It will run at a venue in Eastbourne and is for the whole of East Sussex. The idea is for parents to come along to the sessions too and socialise.

After May half-term the group will be visiting schools to highlight the charity and let schoolchildren know more about the group.

Throughout summer the group is also looking at organising activities such as ten pin bowling and also hopes to continue with activities like this once the youth club is up and running.

If you would like more information or would like to donate to the charity please call Andy Evans on 504893, 07757 240331 or email: chair@eaeg.org.uk

 

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