Courtesy of Epilepsy Research UK
The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP kindly hosted an evening reception for Epilepsy Research UK at the House of Commons in June. The occasion gave ERUK staff and trustees a welcome opportunity to thank some of the charity’s supporters in person, and a chance for those supporters to meet ERUK grantholders and find out more about the research they have helped to fund. Mr Letwin welcomed the guests and spoke of his knowledge of ERUK’s excellent work through his constituent Alex Woodward, and of his pleasure at being able to help the charity.
A heart-felt thank you
Chair of the charity, Dr Graeme Sills, told the guests that Epilepsy Research UK was “the envy of the world” in the international epilepsy community, punching far above its weight in relation to the resources at its disposal. He continued: “We should be rightly proud of Epilepsy Research UK, the work that it does, and each of your contributions to that. We thank each and every one of you for your commitment, your enthusiasm, your innovative and sometimes crazy new ways to fund-raise on our behalf and your continuing support. It is what keeps us going, both financially and in a motivational sense.”
“To all of you in the room this evening whose lives have been touched or indeed turned upside-down by epilepsy but who found the strength to fight back by supporting research, I would again like to give a heart-felt thank you on behalf of Epilepsy Research UK.”
Researchers take inspiration
Dr Sills encouraged the researchers in the room to take inspiration from the supporters present. All of ERUK’s 2014 grant awardees attended, and greatly enjoyed talking to different supporters about their new research projects and hearing about why supporting ERUK was so important to them.
We would particularly like to thank the Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, his parliamentary assistant Tom Fieldhouse, and Alex Woodward for making possible such an enjoyable evening for all involved.