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Human figures celebrate Epilepsy Society's 125th birthday


Marking time: one hundred and 25 residents, family, friends and staff gathered on the grass at Epilepsy Society to form a huge number 125 in celebration of the charity's 125th birthday.

The human figures were photographed at the centre in Chalfont St Peter by a drone in between the showers on Bank Holiday Monday.

Epilepsy Society's chief executive Clare Pelham said: 'It was incredibly exciting to all come together to map out  the shape of our 125 years and watch as the drone took aerial shots and footage.

'There was lots of spontaneous cheering and waving. It felt like a real tribute to the work of the charity over the last 125 years.

Epilepsy Society began its life in 1892 as an ambitious project by a group of doctors all with an interest in epilepsy. They established what was then known as a 'colony' to provide employment and a healthier lifestyle for people with epilepsy who were often doomed to a life in the asylum, workhouse or gaol.

Today there are around 100 residents with complex epilepsy and associated conditions living at Epilepsy Society which is a leading centre for epilepsy research, expert care, diagnosis and treatment.

'We are just entering an exciting new era of research where we hope that we will find out much more about the causes and treatment of epilepsy through genetic sequencing,' continued Clare. 'There are three billion letters in the human genome but 125 people forming three very significant numbers in our timeline on Monday, felt  pretty amazing.'