Parents joined forces for Epilespy Action

Graciemae Wilson, left, and Leighanna Marsh. Their parents have raised money for Epilepsy Action to raise awareness of the 'terrible, hidden, silent' condition both girls suffer from.
Graciemae Wilson, left, and Leighanna Marsh. Their parents have raised money for Epilepsy Action to raise awareness of the 'terrible, hidden, silent' condition both girls suffer from.

A mum-of-three has been inspired to raise awareness over the ‘terrible, silent, hidden illness’ that affects her daughter.

Amanda Wilson’s daughter Graciemae, three, has epilepsy. The mum, her husband John and a close friend whose daughter also has the condition all teamed up for a fundraiser at Castleford Park Junior Academy last Wednesday. It raised £383.59.

Mrs Wilson, 41, of Glass Houghton, said: “Graciemae was diagnosed with epilepsy at six-months-old. She had been seizure free for two years so doctors thought she had outgrown it but sadly she hasn’t and ended up in hospital for five days in 2015 following three massive seizures. She’s now back on her medication and she’s doing well. It inspired me to get up and do something to help raise more awareness of the terrible, silent, hidden illness as you never know when it will strike.

“So I got together with my husband, John, and a great friend of mine, Karen Marsh whose daughter, Leighanna, was also diagnosed with epilepsy last year aged nine. Our children attend Castleford Park Junior Academy. Acting head Kathryn Law kindly let us use the school for a coffee morning raffle and tombola.”

Mrs Wilson wants to thank everyone who helped make the epilepsy fundraising event at Castleford Park Junior Academy such a success.

She said: “With the help of family and friends we had a very successful morning. Thanks also to the local market traders for donating prizes for our raffle.

“We raised £383.59 in total and the Epilepsy Action team sent lots of great leaflets to give out to help more people understand about epilepsy and what it can do to the individual.”

For more information about Epilepsy Action and its work, please see www.epilepsy.org.uk.