Reporter’s plea to dig deep for epilepsy

Anna is raising money for Epilepsy Action
Anna is raising money for Epilepsy Action
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AFTER undergoing life-changing brain surgery last year County Times reporter Anna Coe is appealing to readers to sponsor her for an event for Epilepsy Action.

Anna, 29, has had epilepsy for 20 years and in June she had an operation to help control her seizures.

Before the operation she was having about clusters of two or three seizures in as many days amounting to about ten a month.

Ten months on she is seizure free and she is appealing to readers to help her and her husband Scott reach their £1,000 target for Epilepsy Action by doing a 10-mile walk in the Surrey Hills.

Anna said: “One in 103 people in the UK have epilepsy and it can affect anyone at any time in their lives.

“About 87 people are diagnosed everyday and unfortunately there isn’t a cure.

“Some people get seizure-control with drugs, but even after the operation, I am still susceptible to having seizures and there are hundreds of thousands of others out there like me.”

On Sunday May 20 they are joining the Guildford Epilepsy Action branch for their sponsored walk during National Epilepsy Week.

Anna continued: “Epilepsy Action does a lot of work to raise people’s perceptions of epilepsy by lobbying Government, giving talks in schools and running members’ branches across the country, like the one in Guildford.

“Seizures can be scary, but they are just a glitch in the electrical activity in someone’s brain.

“People normally recover from them within a few minutes and then they can carry on with their day, but because of the lack of understanding people don’t know what to do when they see someone having a seizure.

“Epilepsy Action has been working on the first aid campaign to help change this.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Anna and Scott can go to http://www.justgiving.com/annaandscottcoe or call Anna at the County Times on 01403 751206 or email anna.coe@sussexnewspapers.co.uk