Young Carer| Raises Awareness on Epilepsy |Sponsored Walk

by Antonia

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Epilepsy Research UK: 

“Epilepsy is a common condition that affects approximately one in 103 people. It is usually diagnosed in childhood and in people over the age of 65, but it can affect any one. The only visible symptom of epilepsy is recurrent seizures, and these are caused by too much electrical activity in groups of neurons in the brain. How a person behaves during a seizure will depend upon the area of their brain that is affected”.

Jessica Bexfield organised a sponsored walk (leaflets were given to the public to raise awareness of Epilepsy) in honour of her very good friend Ben Belverstone. According to Echo, “The painting and decorating student was found dead in his room by his family after they failed to rouse him.” Jessica is a young carer for her dad who is disabled with osteoarthritis and is blind in one eye and  her mother has mental health issues. Jessica and Ben met at ‘Young Carers’ where they bonded like siblings.

“Ben was like a brother to me. I’d known him for eight years and was devastated when he died. I had the idea to do this back in July. I have a friend at school who also has epilepsy and doctors are finding it difficult to treat him so this is for him as well. It’s really important to raise awareness about this illness because people don’t understand how bad it is.” – Jessica

My sincere condolences to Ben’s family and friends + Jessica and family.

R.I.P Ben