impact report 2014 - fundraising
Every year our fundraisers never cease to amaze us with their money-raising exploits – 2014 has been no exception
At Epilepsy Society we are firm believers in turning pounds into providing services just as quickly as we can.
Increased voluntary income means we’ve been able to spend even more this year on research and on services which support people with epilepsy. Expenditure on our information services and helpline has increased by 10 per cent. In turn, the value people place on those services has resulted in significant donations.
Purple Day 2014 (26 March) raised over £9,000 more than in 2013 as people throughout the country raised awareness and funds by ‘doing something purple’.
Pinewood Studios was the glamorous venue for this year’s fundraising dinner. Stalwart supporters Fred and Lynn Savill and their daughter Susan presented a cheque for £100,000 to Countess Howe on behalf of the Gravesend Epilepsy Network to fund Epilepsy Society’s genetics research.
Despite the heartbreak of losing her husband Paul to Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) in May, Katy Evill is determined to channel her grief into something positive.
She’s taken up running and is looking to complete the Great Birmingham 10k in May 2015 and the Great Birmingham Run, a half marathon, in October. She said: ‘I’m getting off the couch and I’m determined to get into shape in memory of my gorgeous husband Paul'.
Katy’s now pushing herself hard in training knowing that Paul is with her every step of the way.
‘I honestly can’t praise your work highly enough and want to lend my support to give something back to a charity which helped us both so much. We learnt more from Epilepsy Society’s information leaflets than from any of Paul’s doctors and the iPhone app was invaluable for keeping track of seizures.’