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Prime Minister marks Epilepsy Society's 120th year
Prime Minister David Cameron officially launched Epilepsy Society’s 120th birthday celebrations at a reception at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday (January 31).
Mr Cameron, who is a vice president of the Society, spoke of his commitment to the work of the charity. He said: “I have seen how much work Epilepsy Society is undertaking to find a cure and improve the lives of people affected by epilepsy.
I have a real commitment to help you. What you do is extraordinary.”
Epilepsy Society has also received a personal letter from the Prime Minister marking the charity’s 120th birthday. In his letter to chief executive Graham Faulkner, he thanked everyone at the charity for their continuing work in supporting all those with epilepsy and their families.
Said Mr Cameron: ‘Over the years the Society has done much to reduce the stigma and misunderstanding associated with this condition. This continues today, with the Society providing detailed, quality advice for those directly affected by the condition and health professionals.
‘One hundred and twenty years ago, without the benefit of effective medication, the Society pioneered care for those with epilepsy by providing residential care and work in a safe environment in Buckinghamshire.
‘This year will see the Society opening a state-of-the-art research centre in Buckinghamshire which will do important work to help advance the understanding of epilepsy.
‘I hope the Society will be able to continue to support those with epilepsy for many more years, adapting their role to meet the changing needs of those living with the condition as knowledge and treatment advances.'
Speaking from the heart
Epilepsy is a subject that is very close to Mr Cameron’s heart. Three years ago his eldest son Ivan, who had cerebral palsy and epilepsy, died at the age of six.
Said Graham Faulkner: ‘David Cameron and his wife Samantha know only too well the challenges that epilepsy can bring to a family - and the heartache too.
‘Like so many people affected by epilepsy they know how important it is to have good information, sound advice, a listening ear and someone who understands the impact the condition can have on their lives.
‘We were delighted that the Prime Minister and his wife were able to join us in what is a milestone year for us. It is a tremendous boost to all involved with Epilepsy Society. And that includes everyone from our 250 volunteers across the country to our tireless fundraisers, from those who work to raise awareness of the condition to those who provide a safe environment for people with complex epilepsy and disabilities.’