Montrose man rasies funds for epilepsy



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A kind-hearted Montrose man has raised £1,500 for a cause close to his heart with the help of his colleagues.

James Wallis (27) set out to raise funds for and awareness about epilepsy - the condition which he suffers from - with the help of his fellow workers at activpayroll, an Aberdeen based global payroll and tax compliance specialist.

During National Epilepsy Week, which took place in May, activpayroll staff held a number of fund-raising activities with a raffle, bake sale and dress down week.

The whole company was encouraged to wear as much purple as possible - the awareness colour for epilepsy.

James said “As a sufferer of epilepsy for more than 14 years, this is a cause very close to my heart.

“Although my epilepsy is controlled now, there are many sufferers out there for whom seizures are a daily occurrence.

“I wanted to raise awareness of the excellent work that Epilepsy Action does to help people and I am proud that my colleagues at activpayroll have raised so much money for this cause.

“I never thought that we would raise that much.”

In under a week the company raised £640 in total, a figure which was then doubled and rounded up to £1500 by CEO Alison Sellar and the board of directors, before being donated to Epilepsy Action.

Business services director, Sian Odgers said: “Here at activpayroll we are passionate about supporting this cause.

“We really appreciate the work that Epilepsy Action does as a number of our employees have been affected by the disorder.”

Activpayroll says it is committed to continually supporting the charity and recently welcomed a speaker from Epilepsy Action into their offices this week to continue raising awareness throughout the organisation.

According to Epilepsy Action, 600,000 or one in every 103 people in the UK has epilepsy. Every day in the UK, 87 people are diagnosed with epilepsy.

Around five people in every 100 will have an epileptic seizure at some time in their life. Out of these five people, around four will go on to develop epilepsy.

Only 52 per cent of people with epilepsy in the UK are seizure-free.

It is estimated that 70 per cent could be seizure free with the right treatment.