We are fortunate to work with a number of charitable trusts and foundations to support vulnerable people trying to cope with epilepsy. As Epilepsy Action receives no statutory funding over 95 percent of our income is from donations. Forming these partnerships, from small family-run funds to larger, structured foundations, is essential to all the ways people with epilepsy are helped:
- Delivering an advice and information service which provides a vital lifeline for people trying to cope with living with epilepsy. The cost of running this service year on year is just over £300,000 a year. Recent donations have included:
- Providing support where people live and work: our Local Services Team manage a network of local branches and coffee and chat groups. They also provide an extensive UK-wide events programme, offering people with epilepsy and their families safe and supportive opportunities to meet up. The overall service costs around £450,000 every year. We receive funding for specific events as well as contributions towards the whole service, for example:
|Fowler Smith and Jones Trust||£2,500||£2,500
(Bradford Family Event)
- Sapphire Nurses – placing an epilepsy specialist nurse in a local NHS setting costs £47,000
- Projects – sometimes a specific need is met by a discrete piece of work, such as a film for use in schools, for which we received two grants of £10,000 and £1,000.