Media Release: Charity supporters ‘walk through fire’ for Epilepsy Scotland


FIFTEEN brave souls will face flames of fire for Epilepsy Scotland this Saturday 7 November from 7pm at Village –The Hotel Club Glasgow.

Among these trailblazing charity supporters are Fred Lang, aged 59, and his daughter, Jillian, aged 32, both from East Kilbride.

They are going to walk across 20-feet of hot coals heated to 1,200 °F to raise epilepsy awareness and over £1,000 for vital services to help other families like Jillian and her six year-old daughter, Lauren.

Jillian explained: “My daughter, Lauren, has a drug-resistant form of epilepsy, which is uncontrolled, with her seizures being near constant.

“My dad and I agreed to support Epilepsy Scotland together.

“I plucked up the courage to do a zip slide in September, and although dad was on holiday at the time, he said he was up for the Firewalk challenge with me this month.

“Neither of us has tried anything as scary as this before but we are determined to do it for Lauren and such a worthwhile cause.”

Some of the intrepid fundraisers – collectively hoping to raise over £5,000 for the national charity – include Village – The Hotel Club general manager, Jamie Stevens, with sales director, Nicola Finnigan, and Starbucks manager, Dan Rafferty.

Each is reflecting the hotel chain’s commitment to help the local community and around 54,000 people of all ages in Scotland with epilepsy.

Hotel staff and guests as well as close family and friends will be there to cheer on all the volunteers at the Firewalk venue directly across from BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay.


Notes to editor:

1. Photo opportunity: 7pm on Saturday 7 November at Village – The Hotel Club, 7 Festival Gate, Pacific Quay, G51 1DA.

2. Epilepsy Scotland works with people living with epilepsy to ensure that their voice is heard. We campaign for improved healthcare, better information provision and an end to stigma. This common serious neurological condition affects one in 97 people. We represent the estimated 54,000 people with epilepsy, their families and carers living in Scotland. Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers support and information, text 07786 209501, email:, find us on facebook or twitter @epilepsy_scot or visit:

3. For further information and to interview some Firewalk participants, please contact: Allana Parker, public affairs officer, or fundraiser, Scott Barclay, with Epilepsy Scotland on 0141 427 4911.

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Contact: Allana Parker
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