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New Walsall coffee and chat group to support people with epilepsy

12 October, 2012

Epilepsy Action, the UK’s leading epilepsy organisation, is launching a coffee and chat group to support people with epilepsy in Walsall.

The launch event will be held on Friday 19 October from 1.30pm to 4.00pm in the seminar room at Blakenall Village Centre Medical Practice, Thames Road, Walsall. The group will help people with epilepsy come together in an informal setting to support each other and share experiences.

Avril Morgan, epilepsy specialist nurse from Walsall Manor Hospital, will be talking about living with epilepsy at the launch event. Staff and volunteers from Epilepsy Action will be attending and there will be a range of epilepsy information available to take a way. The launch will coincide with a National Tea Break fundraising event for the charity and will include a raffle and cake sale.

Julie Clark, Epilepsy Action’s local services manager for central England, said: “Meeting together over a cuppa to share experiences is something that is a great support to many people living with epilepsy. It can make a big difference to meet other people who understand where you are coming from and be accepted and understood. Everyone is welcome, whether you have epilepsy or know someone who does.”

After the launch event, the new coffee and chat group will meet monthly on the third Friday of the month from 2.00pm until 4.00pm at Blakenall Village Centre. For more information about the group, please contact Julie Clark on 01684 577 554 or 07770 837 970 or at jclark@epilepsy.org.uk For more information about National Tea Break, visit www.epilepsy.org.uk/teabreak

Epilepsy affects around one in every 100 people in the UK alone and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day. Last year Epilepsy Action directly helped over 1.1 million people through a range of services, including its Epilepsy Helpline, branch network, specialist nurse scheme and award-winning website.

For more information visit www.epilepsy.org.uk or call the Epilepsy Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050.