I was pleased to be asked by Young Epilepsy to speak at their research launch in the State rooms of the Speaker’s House in the Commons. As the chair of their education committee told me, there is likely to be one person in every primary school with this condition and up to 5 in each secondary school. Young Epilepsy themselves run a world-renowned school and college at Lingfield in Surrey and do significant research there, as well as research with Great Ormond Street Hospital and UCL’s Institute of Child Health.
It was great to be able to support a charity that really shows the sector at its best. It combines campaigning and advocacy with research and delivery. It is an old charity - founded in 1897 - that has refocused and reformed over its long history, but it retains its core mission to support young people to live active lives. As I said at the launch, we depend on charities like this. They are indispensable in raising awareness and providing support.
And next up is to go down to Lingfield and visit. I promised that I would!