We are back Face 2 Face meetings

We have now booked meeting space at:
St Nicolas Church
Sutcliffe Avenue, Earley
Reading, RG6 7JN
This meeting will be on 7th September 2021 between 14:00 and 16:00.  All are welcome.
There will be plenty of room for everyone, the site will be up to covid standards and masks may be worn. hopefully this will be the start of many Face to Face meetings.



Epilepsy Surgery Webinar

Webinar Invitation: Epilepsy Surgery

Join us for the next in our series of Research Roundtable webinars when we’ll be hearing from the experts and people with lived experience on the topic of epilepsy surgery.

Sometimes epilepsy does not respond to medication and in some cases, surgery may be considered as a promising treatment option with the potential to control seizures. But surgery doesn’t come without risks and challenges. In this webinar, we’ll hear how world-leading research funded by Epilepsy Research UK has helped to improve surgery for people living with epilepsy and one person’s remarkable story of the difference it can make.

The session is open to everyone and will be held at 12pm on Tuesday 31st August. So, whether you are affected by epilepsy, researching epilepsy or just interested to learn more, we hope you can join us.

Epilepsy Research UK webinars are often filled before the event, so register now to avoid disappointment!  
Register for free here
Epilepsy Research UK webinars are often filled before the event, so register now to avoid disappointment!  
Our fantastic guest speakers include:

Epilepsy Research UK supporter Rachel, who will be discussing her surgery experience, which, thanks to ground-breaking research, has allowed her to live a life free from epilepsy. 

Professor Torsten Baldeweg, cognitive neuroscientist based at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, who will explain how his ERUK-funded research has enabled clinicians to better predict cognitive outcomes for children following surgery.

Dr Sjoerd Vos and PhD student Lawrence Binding, who are based in the Centre for Medical Image Computing at UCL, will share how their Epilepsy Research UK Endeavour Project Grant could help reduce language decline as a result of surgery.  

There will be a Q&A session with the speakers after the presentations, so please send any questions you may have to our Head of Research, Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett here.de:

walk day

Walk Day

On 24 July a group from Epilepsy Berkshire met at Caversham Bridge to walk along the Thames Path towards Mapledurham , to enjoy a picnic lunch and refreshments at a local hotel after  the exercise.

The walkers were welcomed by a lively flock of swans at the riverside.

The weather was comfortable for walking following a lengthy period of very hot weather.

The walk was a good opportunity to meet with old friends and establish new relationships.

The impact of the virus has been that Epilepsy Berkshire has had fewer opportunities to meet in person, however, this should change as rules relax.

Next meetings will be held at St Nicholas Church Hall, Earley. We will contact the group to inform them of all details which will be included on our website www.epilepsyberkshire.org.

Epilepsy Seizure Alert Dogs

Epilepsy Seizure Alert Dogs

Epilepsy Seizure Alert Dogs

Support Dogs is a UK charity which provides and trains Seizure Alert Dogs to support individuals living with epilepsy.

Dogs are trained to provide valuable and reliable warning up to 50 minutes before an oncoming seizure giving their owner time to find safety and assistance.

Their alert gives its owner confidence that they will be warned before any seizure allowing more independence and an ability to live an active life.

Support Dogs’ website includes an Information Pack detailing the criteria an applicant should meet in order to be considered for the service and a link allowing candidates to register their interest in applying for the service;

www.supportdogs.org.uk/epilepsy-seizure-alert

The applicant should have at least 10 major seizures per month (tonic clonic/atonic or complex partials but not including nocturnal.).

The service would be a partnership between the dog and owner who should have the ability to care for it without the help of another person.

Applicants meeting the criteria for the service are invited to apply to attend an Information Day at the Support Dog’s training centre. These events are held once or twice a year with a limited number of places.

Applicants would have dog handling and home visit assessments.

Support Dog Instructors would assess whether the dog was suitable for the candidate and review the dog’s response prior to any seizures.

After an initial 3-5 day home placement, dog and owner would have a 6month training partnership.

If successful the partnership will qualify as a fully registered Assistance Dog team.

Support Dogs is the only organisation in the UK to provide this service.

The service is provided free of charge. If you have any queries please do contact us at info@supportdogs.org.uk or
phone 0114 261 7800

https://supportdogs.eu.rit.org.uk/forms/seizure-alert-programme-registration

350,000 Steps in July

350,000 Steps in July

One of our members, Rachel, has taken on Epilepsy Action’s 350,000 Steps in July! She is trying to complete 350,000 steps in the month of July, raising money for the charity Epilepsy Action. She is doing this to try and raise more awareness of epilepsy and the impact it can have, as well as push herself in a physical challenge she wouldn’t have been able to do before due to her epilepsy.

The links to her fundraising page on Facebook with updates, as well as a separate justgiving page she has set up for this challenge are below.

https://m.facebook.com/nt/screen/?params=%7B%22fundraiser_campaign_id%22%3A1874503916052412%7D&path=%2Ffundraiser%2F&_rdr

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/july-350steps

My Blog https://doinglifeinlavender.blogspot.com/

50k Walk

50km Walk/Run for Eplilepsy Week in Support of Epilepsy Berkshire
24th May to 30th May
Monday:Today I walked 10km with Theresa (my wife) and two good friends who helped with the route and ensured I finished in good time. The weather was lovely to begin with but we did get hailed on halfway round and it was very muddy.
Tuesday: Today we are walking 20km again with Theresa and two other friends who have worked out the route and volunteered to walk with me to ensure I don’t go wrong and am safe. The walk was around the Henley area and we touch on the outskirts of Henley, just the walk took most of the day and we did stop for a picnic which was needed after the first 10km. The weather was not too hot, just right for walking. We actually walked 25km so pretty pleased with that, half the distance needed. With yesterday I am now well over half way to target. I have had some great support so far with £200 raised so thank you all who have supported me.
Wednesday: Today I ran 5km, which I have not done for a while, I did this on my own, but Theresa knew the route and had her tracker on so she could see I was still moving. The weather was pretty chilly today, but was very hot when I finished.
Thursday: Today has been a rest day although I noticed that I still managed to walk nearly 10km
Friday: Today was my second 5km run same route and believe or not slightly quicker (not telling you the actual time) so quite pleased. I then walked a gentle 5km with Theresa later in the day. The total raised is now above £400 so thank you again all those who have supported me. I am hoping we will reach my target of £500.00.
Saturday: Pretty much took it easy today but still seemed to walk almost 5km.
Sunday:  Out with grandchildren today in Henley along the Thames, we all walked 10km, so I have definitely walked/run over the 50km required. Lovely day and it was great to be with some of the family to finish the week off.

Footnote:        The money raised is now over £600.00 which is fantastic. Thank you so much for all those who supported me.  

link to fundraising page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/peter-clunie-1?utm_id=1&utm_term=yxRzgJg7x