Cycling to raise epilepsy awareness

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Adventurous James Wilson cycled through Montrose on his ride from Lossiemouth to Glasgow to raise money and for an epilepsy charity last Wednesday (September 11).

Mr Wilson, from Lossiemouth in Moray, was diagnosed with epilepsy in 1998, and is cycling from his hometown down the coast to The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre, in Glasgow, to raise money for Quarriers, the charity who runs it.

Quarriers is a Scottish charity which helps children, families and adults overcome adversity, including people suffering from epilepsy.

Mr Wilson said he was referred to Quarriers’ epilepsy centre by a neurologist in Aberdeen, where the charity discovered that a cyst in his brain was causing the seizures.

He said: “I was at the centre for eight weeks and was able to live my life as normal for those eight weeks while Quarriers monitored everything that was happening to me. Whereas, if I had been in a hospital they would’ve just hooked me up to a monitor.

“I had a smile on my face the whole time I was there and it was a godsend that they were able to find out what was causing my seizures.

“I was only able to get back on my bike a couple of years ago but knew I had to do something to help other people suffering from epilepsy and support the good work that Quarriers do.”

He added that he wanted to raise awareness about epilepsy as he rode through Angus.