Bak­ing to bring in the dough

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

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.

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