EPIC: Epilepsy in children and young people under the age of 18
Children and young people with epilepsy are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression than their peers. Our aim is to provide the extra help they need by funding tailored support from mental healthcare professionals, and to fund equipment which can make a direct impact on their lives.
There are lots of ways to get involved with EPIC, and we’re registered with Justgiving and Virgin Money Giving to make supporting as easy as possible. Whether you choose to take on a fundraising challenge, create a fundraising event, get involved through a company or make a personal donation, your support will be gratefully received.
“My son Jimi suffers from Landau Kleffner Syndrome, a rare type of epilepsy, so I know first-hand how children with epilepsy need extra support.
Being involved with EPIC has given me the opportunity to make a direct impact for the many other young people with epilepsy in Gloucestershire, and for their families too.
Having never run before I decided to take on the Cheltenham Half Marathon to raise funds, it was an incredible experience, and by raising funds for EPIC I knew every step would make a difference.” Helen Hyde
How your support helps:
Recent donations have enabled us to fund a range of equipment and projects:
Children with epilepsy have a higher risk of developing depression and anxiety than their peers. By providing short term mental health care and counselling sessions for young people we can help them with the challenges of living with epilepsy.
Wireless EEG Monitoring
EEG is a powerful tool for diagnosing epilepsy and causes of seizures. Previously local families have needed to travel far afield to access this equipment, now EPIC’s support has helped to make EEG monitoring available in Gloucestershire.
Patient and peer support groups and activities
Children with epilepsy may feel singled-out from their peers, and families can find the need for vigilance and to monitor risks overwhelming. We run activities and support groups so children are not isolated, and families have the chance to network and share their experiences.
To help children with epilepsy and their parents cope with anxieties, we also ran a successful Parent & Child Mindfulness course, which we aim to continue running in future.
Get involved and support EPIC today
If you would like to fundraise, volunteer or make a donation to epic, please contact us or visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/gloucestershire-hospitalscharity/epic
Our EPIC supporter group!
Founded in 2014, as a group of parents, we are here to support local children and young people with epilepsy and their families.
We have raised over £22,000 through a range of activities including climbing Snowdon, walking the Cotswold Way and running the Cheltenham Half Marathon. We have also raised funds through everything from cake sales to company donations and school collections.
We also organise peer events. Fun afternoons for the whole family – so far, we have organised a High Tea, we have been bowling, climbing, trampolining and tubing at the Gloucester ski slope. These events help children and teenagers realise they are not the only ones with epilepsy and it also provides a good opportunity for parents to share their experiences.
Find out more and get involved www.facebook.com/EpicGlos/
Our latest appeals
Our CT Scanner Appeal
We need your help to raise a further £1.2m to fund three new CT scanners and two new mobile digital x-ray machines for Gloucestershire.
Focus is the charitable fund for the Gloucestershire Oncology Centre, raising funds to improve care for cancer patients and their families.
Our heart appeal
Donations to our Heart Appeal help us to fund new technology, state of the art equipment and extra care which directly benefits local heart patients.
Our Dementia Appeal raises funds to transform the hospital experience for people with dementia, funding projects including reminiscence therapy technology and dementia friendly environments on our wards.