Successful end to 2015
2015 was a fantastic year for us at Epilepsy Lifestyle and thanks to the generosity of our local community we finished the year in style.
Throughout December we ran a fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving and raised a wonderful £243.75 from people who kindly donated to us rather than send out Christmas Cards
On the 4th December The Eastbourne Academy of Dance put on an amazing Christmas show entitled ‘The World Beneath Our Feet’. The show featured every single dancer from the school in a breathtaking tour of the world shown through various styles of dance. As always the show was a huge success and the dancers and performers excelled themselves, showing the high standard of teaching at the school. The Eastbourne Academy of Dance are keen to support local charities and presented us with a cheque for £500 from the sales of the programmes.
In the last few days before Christmas Santa took to the roads to raise funds for us. Santa, aka Brian Newton, drove his festive 1A bus around Eastbourne dressed as Santa and collecting donations for our ‘Night Time Monitoring Scheme’ Brian raised an absolutely outstanding £413.12. Not only was Brian able to raise a fantastic amount of money, he really did spread some festive cheer and raised some wonderful awareness for us; so huge thanks to Brian and Stagecoach buses.
And finally we were lucky enough to be chosen as one of Sovereign FM’s beneficiaries from the Christmas Toy Appeal. During December the local radio station collected literally hundreds of toys for local children, all donated by their listeners. These toys were then given to local charities and good causes to distribute within their groups. We were absolutely thrilled to receive enough toys to ensure that everyone of our night time monitoring beneficiaries, aged under 13, received a Christmas gift. Many thanks to Sovereign FM and to everyone who donated a toy to the Toy Appeal, you really did bring lots of smiles and festive cheer to us and the children we support.
The generosity shown by the local community has meant so much to us. Financially it means we can continue running the night time monitoring scheme with no waiting list, which is a huge relief to families when they come to us desperate for a monitor. It also means that awareness is being spread throughout the community and people who may need our help are hearing about us and what we do. But is also means so much to us all personally at Epilepsy Lifestyle. We work quietly behind the scenes to ensure the charity fulfils it’s aims and it means the world to all 4 of us knowing we have a supportive community behind us.