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13 December 2016

Epilepsy Society says farewell to its all weather friend Ian McCaskill

Epilepsy Society is this week saying a sad farewell to its old friend and vice president, BBC weatherman Ian McCaskill, who died on Saturday at the age of 78.

The popular meteorologist was known for his quick wit, his warm smile, and his iconic glasses. He was the face of the British weather, always managing to bring sunshine to the greyest day. And, when he was not forecasting long-term showers, he always found time to support people with epilepsy.

In 2005, when Epilepsy Society was charity of the year for easyJet, he joined a flight to Turin to pick up a £50,000 cheque to support research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. The money also went towards supporting our MRI scanner.

easyJet flies flag for epilepsy

Commenting at the time on the amount raised by easyJet passengers and staff, Ian said: 'The easyJet partnership means a great deal to NSE- not only in financial terms but also in helping the charity raise awareness of the condition. NSE is at the cutting edge of research, working towards a goal of seizure freedom for all. easyJet’s corporate donation is helping NSE work towards that goal.'

Professor Ley Sander remembers

Professor Ley Sander, medical director at Epilepsy Society, said: 'I remember well the time and commitment which Ian gave to Epilepsy Society. He really understood the importance of research into epilepsy and the need for us to get a better understanding of what causes the condition.

'We were privileged to have him as a vice president and all our thoughts are now with his family - his wife Pat, daughters Vicky and Kirsty and stepsons Tim and Matthew.'

Ian had been living with dementia for the last five years and died on Saturday.

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