Media release: Breaking free from stigma for National Epilepsy Week


EPILEPSY Scotland, with support from Police Scotland, will be ‘locking up’ four supporters to highlight the stigma that still surrounds epilepsy.

On Friday 18 May, four individuals – including two MP’s – will be locked up in an undisclosed Police Scotland location in Glasgow.

They each have only their mobile phones, tablets or laptops to reach out to their networks and raise the £500 ‘bail’ money they need to release them.

Ged Killen MP and Paul Sweeney MP will be joined by Head of HR at Trinity Mirror Group, Kirsty Lynch, and Matt Wardrop, client relationship manager at Kissing with Confidence.

Head of Fundraising and Communications at Epilepsy Scotland, Robyn Friel, said: “Research has shown that one in two people with epilepsy still encounter prejudice from the public and nearly all those polled said that most people know little about epilepsy.  Through a variety of events during National Epilepsy Week we aim to break down the stigmas that surround epilepsy and the people affected.

“This event will be an opportunity for us to reach out to our supporter’s networks directly and share our message. We are incredibly grateful to our participants for taking part and helping those affected by epilepsy to break free from the stigma, and to Police Scotland and Scottish Police Disability and Carers Association for their support.”


Notes to editor:

Epilepsy Scotland works with people affected by 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 55,000 people with epilepsy, their families and carers. Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers support and information.  People can email (, text 07786 209501, find us on facebook, use twitter @epilepsy_scot or visit:

For further information from the charity, please contact:

Robyn Friel, head of Fundraising and Communications at Epilepsy Scotland on 0141 427 4911 or Email:

National Epilepsy Week takes place 15 to 21 May 2018 and Epilepsy Scotland will be using the hashtag #breakfreefromstigma and #nationalepilepsyweek online. Consider making a donation to the campaign by texting ‘BFFS18 £5′ to 70070.

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Contact: Robyn Friel
Phone: 01414274911