Layla enjoys her day at the Queen's Patrons Lunch

Published on: 01 Jul 2016


A SCHOOLGIRL from Staple Hill has given the Queen a copy of the book she wrote which helps children understand epilepsy.
Schoolgirl Layla Reid penned The Epilepsy Book For Kids as a guide for children living with family members or friends who have epilepsy.
For each copy of the book sold, £1 goes towards epilepsy charities which means Layla has already raised a lot of money for good causes.
Her hard work had not escaped the attention of the Epilepsy Society who invited Layla and her mum Sarah, who has epilepsy, to the Queen's Patrons Lunch celebrating Her Majesty's 90th birthday.
While she was at the event in St James's Park, London, the Staple Hill Primary School pupil penned a message to the Queen on the inside cover of her book.
Sarah, 35, said the day was a great experience and one her and Layla would treasure.
"The Patrons Lunch was amazing and Layla loved it. It was a good job they gave out free ponchos because it was raining at the start!
"It was lovely to meet people from the Epilepsy Society who have helped me over the years as well as meeting other people who have raised so much money for charity.
"We saw the Queen and Prince Philip as they drove past in an open top limo. We also saw William, Kate and Harry and spoke to Princess Anne and her husband Tim.
"Layla was really chuffed to be there and meet members of the Royal Family.
"She wrote a message to the Queen in her book and it was given to the Royal Family to pass on to the Queen."
Sarah developed epilepsy after a head injury as a child and now raises money for various epilepsy charities as well as highlighting the condition through talks at schools and organisations like the WI.
Both Sarah and Layla have raised around £10,000 over the years.
They hope businesses will sponsor copies of Layla's book to give to local schools. If you are interested visit

• Sarah and Layla will be joined by Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore at Sainsbury's Kingswood  on July 1 to raise awareness and collect money for Epilepsy Action.

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