A GRANDMOTHER from Leamington has been recognised for her work supporting people with epilepsy.
Beryl Sharlot became involved with charity Epilepsy Action in the 1980s and now travels around the country raising awareness of the condition and speaking about the charity’s work.
Of her four children and six grandchildren, five have developed epilepsy – Beryl lost her eldest daughter who suffered an extended fit at just 18-months old.
The 80 year-old was recently presented with the Lord Hastings Award in honour of her outstanding personal contributions to people with epilepsy.
The award was created in 1990 and Beryl is one of just 13 people to have been presented with it.
Beryl said: “As soon as I joined my local branch of Epilepsy Action I became aware that other people’s experiences with epilepsy and concerns about the condition mirrored by own.
“I became more and more determined to make a difference. I remain as committed as ever to improve the lives of all people affected by epilepsy, listen to their needs and ensure their voices are heard in the decision making process.
“I am thrilled to receive the Lord Hastings award. To be considered among the list of previous winners who have all done so much for people with epilepsy is a real honour.”
Epilepsy affects one in every 103 people in the UK alone and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day.
Epilepsy Action host a coffee group on the second Wednesday of the month from 2pm to 4pm at the Premier Inn on the Parade in Leamington.
Visit www.epilepsy.org.uk for more information.