SCOTLAND international and Glasgow Warriors rugby player, Graeme Morrison, has a new role as Epilepsy Scotland’s ambassador.
The sporting hero intends to try and raise public awareness before 250 corporate guests attending the national charity’s Glasgow Wags dinner in the Grand Central Hotel on Thursday 28 April at 7pm.
Graeme will centre his efforts on bringing epilepsy to the forefront of people’s minds and informing their attitudes.
When his brother, James, developed seizures a few years ago, the family found others knew little about this common serious neurological condition.
Graeme explained: “Information about epilepsy is so important because it is easier to deal with once you know about it. My hope is that as people find out more about epilepsy and gain a better understanding, the stigma around it will end.”
Chief executive, Lesslie Young, said: “We are honoured to have Graeme Morrison championing our work. Tackling the social stigma of epilepsy is a huge challenge. With his help more people will talk about epilepsy and hopefully change their views.
“Graeme’s first engagement with us happens to be a fun-filled fundraising night hosted by Radio Clyde presenter, Lorraine Herbison. I am grateful and encouraged by people’s generosity and support despite the recession. Many fortunate guests will take home fine prizes but only one will unlock a glass safe containing a new iPad kindly donated by East Kilbride-based IT firm Clicknetworks. Who knows, the lucky winner might even be Graeme!”
Celebrities giving their time to speak on the Glasgow Wags theme of ‘Tears, Triumphs and Tiaras’ include football legend Jim Leishman, Burmese after dinner speaker John Htet-Khin, comedian Isobel Rutter and broadcaster Gerry McDade.
Notes to editor
1. 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 130 people. We represent nearly 40,000 people living in Scotland with epilepsy, their families and carers.
2. Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers advice, support and information. People can email (firstname.lastname@example.org), text 07786 209501, or download information from our website: www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk
3. For more details please contact: Helen Craig, fundraiser on 0141 427 4911 or Allana Parker, communications manager on: 0141 419 1701 or 07884 012 147.
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