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21 December 2015

Sarah is an inspiration

Sarah Reid is an inspiration - and that's official. The mum to two daughters has just been named inspirational fundraiser of the year in the Inspiration Awards for Women 2015.

The annual award ceremony celebrates the achievements of those around them through their outstanding achievements in their everyday lives.

In spite of undergoing surgery for left temporal lobe epilepsy this year at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, Sarah has still managed to fundraise relentlessly for the five charities closest to her heart: Epilepsy Society, Young Epilepsy, Epilepsy Action, Young Carers and Mothers for Mothers.

'Fundraising is a way of giving back,' said Sarah. 'Epilepsy Society and the other four charities have always been there for me when I have needed them. They have supported me in the lead up to my surgery, they have been there for me when I have been having a down day or when I have been struggling with my seizures or with employment issues.

'I like to fundraise on a monthly basis and then I know that the money I raise through collections will help to support other people with epilepsy.'

Going the extra mile

Epilepsy Society's chief executive Angela Geer said: 'We are immensely proud of Sarah's achievements. Like so many of our supporters, she really goes the extra mile to help other people with epilepsy. The money Sarah raises is vital for supporting our information services, helpline and epilepsy research.'

The award ceremony was held at The Landmark Hotel, London and was co-hosted by TV and radio presenter Beverley Turner.

Other award winners included Hollywood star Kate Winslet as inspirational celebrity and TV star Michele Collins who won in the style and elegance category.

 

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