Clair Cobbold shared her story through our Pregnancy Diaries, becoming a vital part of the Health-E mum-to-be campaign. As Epilepsy Action gave her information and support, she shared her journey with the world. In her blog she continues to share her story as a mum with epilepsy. In this extract Clair shares her experience as part of the Epilepsy Action community.
“…I'll be running the London Marathon to raise money for Epilepsy Action. I don't even have to think about it, they have given me so much support over the last 10 years – without them I wouldn't be in the position I am now. When I was first diagnosed it was at an Epilepsy Action event where an Accredited Volunteer (you know who you are) stood up and told his story. Suddenly I saw a way in which I could turn this awful situation into something positive, into a way to help others. Becoming an Accredited Volunteer turned my life around at the time, it gave me a purpose.
"Epilepsy Action has helped empower me to become more knowledgeable about my condition than most of the health professionals I come into contact with. They gave me the confidence to push for better care and the wonderful team I now have in London. Probably most importantly they introduced me to Kim, the epilepsy midwife who helped give us the confidence to try for a second child after such a traumatic first birth. And who empowered us to take control of my second pregnancy and made it such a positive experience.
"I want to do something to make sure that others like me get similar support and facing the huge challenge of running the London Marathon just makes perfect sense. Writing this post sets it in stone and hopefully if all goes well, in just over a year’s time I'll be achieving a huge life goal while also raising money to help others with epilepsy gain the support they deserve.
"So here's the reason I am running - for the two beautiful children we have been blessed with and the hope that others with epilepsy have the same support to start a family if that's what they want.”
Your can read more of Clair’s story on her blog
Funding the work in 2015
- 2,699 supporters took part in events for Epilepsy Action, raising £646,167
- £884,569 was gifted to our work in supporter’s wills
- 5,828 awareness wristbands were sold
- 33 runners raised £80,000 at the London Marathon
- £253,000 was donated by trusts and corporate partners
- Epilepsy Action members contributed £366,000 to our work
Once again in 2015 our members and supporters went above and beyond to help us fund our vital work. From those running marathons to those joining in our bake sales, from companies offering donations to the many personal donations made throughout the year – every penny is incredibly important.
If you would like to help fund our work, you can do that now – thank you!