Epilepsy Action has joined charities and organisations across the UK to show why #EpilepsyMatters for National Epilepsy Week 2023.
The focus of this year’s event, which runs from May 22 to May 28, is #EpilepsyMatters, with participating groups highlighting the challenges affecting people with epilepsy.
Throughout the week, Epilepsy Action will be encouraging people to watch and share its seizure first aid video, which explains how to help someone having a tonic-clonic seizure.
On Wednesday (May 24) deputy chief executive Rebekah Smith appeared on BBC Breakfast, alongside epilepsy champions Imogen Cauthery, Simon Breeds and Morgan Forrington to discuss the CARE campaign.
Imogen described her experience of living with the condition and said she hoped the campaign would encourage people to “see me as Imogen and not as epilepsy”.
Other activities include the 50k My Way challenge – in which participants complete 50km (by walking, running, swimming or even skating) throughout the week – and a baking challenge, raising funds through bake sales.
Earlier this year, the charity marked Purple Day – the biggest international fundraising and awareness day in the epilepsy calendar – by wearing purple and completing fundraising challenges.