Baking to bring in the dough
A Cambuslang woman is to hold a charity event to help epilepsy sufferers.
Jane Kelso will hold a cupcake challenge event on Saturday at her house in Hawthorn Way.
Her daughter Clare (19) has suffered from epilepsy since she was six and nighttime seizures are a particular danger.
Jane’s event is aiming to raise funds for the Muir-Maxwell Trust, who make alarms that monitor epilepsy sufferers at night, going off when someone has a seizure.
The alarms have proved a huge help for Jane and her family.
She said: “Clare wouldn’t be able to sleep in her own room without the alarm, as she’s considered high-risk.
“It makes a huge difference because it tells us straight away when there’s a problem and we can go through to help her.”
The alarms are not available on the NHS, meaning the Muir Maxwell Trust are raising £250,000 to help make them available to families like the Kelso’s.
Clare herself recently underwent a nine-hour operation in a bid to relieve her epilepsy and her family are hoping the surgery will help her regain her life.
Jane said: It’s touch and go with how she copes with the epilepsy. She does volunteer work but she can’t get a full-time job because of the impact it has.
“When she was at school she missed a lot of time as the years went past because of the epilepsy and if she goes out at night she’s got to have someone with her.
“It has got worse as she gets older but she’s still quite a positive person. Clare doesn’t hide the fact that she has it.”
Jane will be taking donations for the trust at the event on Saturday.
She added: “There’s cupcakes, raffles, tea, coffee and wine. It’s just to highlight that these alarms are there and what they can do.
“There’s such a big waiting list. People don’t realise they’re out there if you’re not told about it at the hospital.”
For details of Jane’s event email epilepsycupcake@ gmail. com. More information on the Muir Maxwell Trust can be found at www.muirmaxwelltrust. com.