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AN EPILEPSY group, forced to close after 30 years due to lack of volunteers, has launched monthly coffee mornings.

Epilepsy Action Solihull shut its doors to members earlier this year after the three elderly volunteers running the branch took the sad decision to retire.

Epilepsy Action Solihull shut its doors to members earlier this year after the three elderly volunteers running the branch took the sad decision to retire.

Dorothy, aged 86, and David Ramsay aged 85, had become involved with the charity 30 years ago after their son, Ian, was diagnosed.

“Ultimately our son made a life for himself and travelled the world but there are difficulties for people with epilepsy,” said Mrs Ramsay.

“It can be a very distressing condition, for them and their families and anyone with a handicap can find it hard to find work.

“There’s a real need for it, to share those experiences, for parents as much as sufferers.”

Following the death of their son 20 years ago, Mr and Mrs Ramsay decided to stay and volunteer.

“The group gave us an impetus. We could share our trauma of living with epilepsy and the aftermath.

“We also enjoyed the social aspect and the fund-raising but we were getting too old and it’s all got too much for us. I’m really glad someone is starting it up again.”

Despite recruitment attempts, the charity was unable to offer any of Solihull’s estimated 2,000 epilepsy sufferers a support group after its closure earlier this year, until this month when the monthly coffee morning was launched.

“It’s getting harder and harder to find volunteers,” said Julie Clark, Epilepsy Action’s Central England manager. “I don’t know why.

“The three volunteers running the branch have been ever so active over the years but they felt it was time to retire.

“We’re so glad to launch the coffee morning but we would love to have more volunteers to relaunch the group.

“It has such a big impact on lives of sufferers.”

The new coffee and chat group will meet on the second Saturday of the month at Solihull Library cafe from 2pm-4pm.

For more information, contact Julie on 01684 577 554, 07770 837 970, email jclark@epilepsy.org.uk or visit www.epilepsy.org.uk.

 

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