Maureen Taylor and David Streets have been key in the development of the Sheffield Branch of Epilepsy Action, which was initially set up in 1989. It is now one of the most consistently best attended branches in the north of England.
Maureen has served as secretary since the branch was set up, becoming an accredited volunteer soon after, a role she also continues to perform.
David was also a founder member of the branch. He has served as the branch’s treasurer, and Chairman. Since 2002 he has served as Vice-Chairman focussing on Public Relations. Between 2003 to 2009 he served as a member of the board of Trustees of Epilepsy Action.
Maureen has epilepsy and has a background in psychiatric nursing. Through her work, she became aware of the need for a support group. Maureen then contacted what was the British Epilepsy Association to set up the Sheffield Branch.
David’s son has epilepsy, which led him to learn more about the condition. He has a natural desire to help support and inform people affected by the condition – patients, families and the general public.
"I am delighted that the long standing dedication of David and Maureen has been recognised. I know they do not do all that they do in order to obtain public acclamation; they do it because they believe it needs doing. Nevertheless, it is fitting that their efforts over many years is recognised and we are able to thank them in this way." Duncan Froggat, current Chairman of the Sheffield Branch, said.