LIFE-SAVING TRAINING FUNDED BY MANX LOTTERY TRUST
A small local charity which offers help and support for people who suffer with epilepsy and/or psychogenic seizures has been given a boost by Manx Lottery Trust.
Epilepsy & Psychogenic Seizures Association (EPSA IOM) has been awarded a grant of £580 to fund two first aid training sessions which are tailored to seizure emergencies. The charity was previously able to fund a single session which it found beneficial for helping people to talk about their own experiences and offer peer support, in addition to teaching valuable first aid.
EPSA IOM provides support and information for people either with, or caring for those with, epilepsy and/or psychogenic seizures - the latter often called PNES or NEAD. The two sessions, run by St John Ambulance, will directly benefit a total of 32 people but will have a wider impact, with the potential to save the life of a stranger.
Bethany De Legh-Runciman, Chairperson, said: ‘Epileptic and psychogenic seizures can be really scary both for the person experiencing them and for those witnessing them. It is important to understand what is happening and then how to help. These sessions give attendees the chance to talk with others in the same situation as themselves, especially as children grow up and become more independent. EPSA IOM has a wonderful working relationship with St John Ambulance who has developed the four-hour training course.’
‘As a small charity we only have limited funds, so the support received by Manx Lottery Trust is very much appreciated. Anyone that wishes to take part in a future ‘seizure’ session can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.’
Sarah Kelly, Chairman of Manx Lottery Trust, added: ‘EPSA IOM provides a really important service and support network for local people who suffer with seizures. It is important to have the resources in place to support these individuals and we’re pleased to help fund these vital training sessions.’
Manx Lottery Trust’s Smaller Grant Programme provides community funding between £300 and £2,500. Information and application forms can be found at www.mlt.org.im/grant-programmes.