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Schools encouraged to doodle the day away to support people with epilepsy

6 Jan 2016

Creative schools are being urged to put pen to paper and raise money for people with epilepsy. Epilepsy Action's National Doodle Day is on Friday 5 February. It is the perfect opportunity for people to get their creative juices flowing, while raising money to support people affected by epilepsy all over the UK.

National Doodle Day is the annual fundraiser for epilepsy that gets the nation squiggling. Epilepsy Action is encouraging young doodlers all over the country to ‘doodle and donate'. They will be joining a host of celebrities who have already doodled their support. This year's famous doodlers include actresses Oliva Coleman and Miriam Margoyles, TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and YouTuber Caspar Lee. All the celebrity scribbles will feature in a three- day eBay auction, starting on National Doodle Day.

Eighty-six per cent of schools in the UK have a pupil or student with epilepsy. Schools are being encouraged to use doodling as an accessible way to talk about epilepsy, and what life with the condition can be like. Epilepsy Action has created National Doodle Day lesson plans for Key Stages one, two and three. These lesson plans link to the charity's free online interactive classroom resources, designed to teach children about epilepsy.

Liwsi, aged seven, from North Wales, has absence seizures as part of her epilepsy. She said: "It is very helpful for my friends and teachers to understand my ‘blanks' because it helps me feel safe.

"When my seizures first started, my friends thought I wasn't listening. They would wave in my face and shout. It would upset me to wake up and find them cross with me. Now they understand and wait patiently with me when I have a seizure. This makes me feel loads more confident at school."

Holly Rawlings, doodler in residence at Epilepsy Action, said: "Doodling is brilliant fun, and a fantastic way to talk about epilepsy while raising fund to support those affected by the condition. Every year we are overwhelmed with doodle-tastic support from schools and celebrities alike.

"Spending just a few minutes of your day to get creative really will make all the difference to people affected by epilepsy and their families. Absolutely anyone can take part so please round up your classmates, teachers, family and friends and get doodling! We'd love for you to help us draw a line through epilepsy."

Taking part in National Doodle Day is simple. Schools can download all the resources they need, including the lesson plans for Key Stages one, two and three, at nationaldoodleday.org.uk. The eBay auction of celebrity doodles will run from Friday 5 February to Sunday 7 February.

Epilepsy affects around one in every 100 people in the UK alone and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day. Each year Epilepsy Action directly helps around one million people through a range of services, including its Epilepsy Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050, branch network, specialist nurse scheme and award-winning website, epilepsy.org.uk

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Notes to editor

  1. For hi-res images or more information on National Doodle Day, please contact the Epilepsy Action press office on 0113 210 8870 or email press@epilepsy.org.uk. The press office can also be reached on this number outside of office hours.
  2. Around one in 100 people have epilepsy. Epilepsy Action is the leading organisation working with and for people affected by epilepsy. Each year, Epilepsy Action helps over 1.3 million people understand epilepsy and treatment options through its helpline, website and events. The charity improves healthcare by supporting epilepsy specialist nurses and epilepsy research. It improves the lives of everyone affected by epilepsy by campaigning for better healthcare and fairer access to education and employment. Over 95 per cent of this life changing support is funded by donations and fundraising. For more information, visit epilepsy.org.uk