Charity volunteer is nominated for award

Andy Evans with Stephen Lloyd MP SUS-141203-121108001
Andy Evans with Stephen Lloyd MP SUS-141203-121108001

An epileptic man who set up a charity to raise awareness of the condition has been nominated for an award.

Dedicated Andy Evans, who is chair of the Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group (EAEG), has been put forward by a member of the public and is in the running for a Young Epilepsy Champions Award.

The 52-year-old, whose condition has been helped kept under control with medication, will find out if he has come up trumps at a special ceremony on March 26, said, “It’s a real pleasure to be nominated for such a prestigious award. The group works really hard together and it is very much a team effort.

“I’m really grateful for everything all the volunteers and members do to help raise the profile of epilepsy in the local area.”

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd, who presented Andy with the nomination, added, “It was a real pleasure to see Andy again and provide him with his certificate. Andy has been a real champion in epilepsy and I am a real admirer of his work.”

Mr Evans, who also praised the efforts of vice-chair Sally Wooller for her support, founded EAEG nine years ago with John Lumm. Last year it set up a youth group to give young people the chance to meet others in a similar situation. The group is aimed at seven – 19-years-old in Sussex and it has gone from strength to strength, with increasing interest from people across the county. The youth group meet on the second Saturday of every month from 10.30am - 12.30pm at Community Wise in Ocklynge Road. A monthly session where guest speakers are invited to come along has recently started and is on the third Monday of every month. The group is also busy with a series of forthcoming events – on March 22 it will be in the Arndale Centre and for Purple Day on March 26 it will be at Asda for people to find out more about EAEG. For more information call 07757 240331 or email: