Voice helps spread word on coping with epilepsy

Published on: 02 May 2016


DOWNEND Voice publisher Gary Brindle has handed over books to support youngsters from Barley Close Primary School who may have family members with epilepsy.
The book, The Epilepsy Book for Kids, was written and illustrated by schoolgirl Layla Reid when she was just seven-years-old.
Layla, a pupil at Staple Hill Primary School who is now 11, wrote the book based on her experience of living with a parent who has epilepsy.
Her mum, Sarah, developed the condition 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.
Mr Brindle, the publisher of both Downend Voice and Fishponds Voice, said: “We featured Sarah’s story in the March edition of Downend Voice and I was really impressed with how she had used her own experiences to educate others.
“She had encouraged our readers to sponsor Layla’s book to give to local schools and I thought I would buy 10 to give to schools in the Downend Voice distribution area.
“I wish both Sarah and Layla all the best with their campaign work and I’m full of admiration for what they are doing.”
Jo Williams, headteacher of Barley Close Primary School, said the books would be a valuable resource for young people in Layla’s position.
“As a school we could be faced with the scenario of a pupil having a family member or family friend with epilepsy so it’s great to have a book like this.
“It’s reassuring to know there is something child-friendly we can use to support them and it can help to know that it’s not just something that is happening to them; it is happening to other children as well.”
Barley Close pupil, nine-year-old Angelika Kolk (pictured), said: “It would be good to read the book if you have a friend who has epilepsy.”

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