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Epilepsy Research UK to be benefiting charity of Women of Scotland Lunch

Epilepsy Research UK are proud to be the benefiting charity of the 2023 Women of Scotland Lunch (WoSL), to be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on 21st April 2023. The annual lunch brings together influential women who have made a difference in their community to meet new and old friends, hear from inspirational speakers and raise money for charity.

Originally known as The Women of Scotland Luncheon, the event was founded in 1958 by Bill and May Hamp-Hamilton – he a newspaper and shipping executive, she a teacher. As well as bringing together women from across Scotland, each year, the WoSL supports an individual charity..

“We are honoured to be the beneficiary charity of the Women of Scotland lunch 2023. This year’s theme ‘Invisible Challenge’ doesn’t come much bigger than epilepsy. Alongside being hidden from sight, epilepsy is also unpredictable and can be very frightening. Repeated seizures are not only debilitating but also potentially life-threatening. More research is urgently needed.”

Funds raised from this year’s lunch will support vital research at the University of Edinburgh investigating neurodevelopment in childhood-onset epilepsies and in children of women with epilepsy. Cognitive and behavioural problems in childhood-onset epilepsies are often undiagnosed or poorly managed, and the outcomes of children of women with epilepsy remain unclear. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh will use a large-scale Scottish dataset to determine psychological and educational outcomes and understand more about why poor outcomes occur.

Three brilliant guests will be speaking…

Jane Garvey

Broadcaster Jane Garvey co-presents the Times Radio afternoon show with Fi Glover, alongside the accompanying ‘best of’ podcast ‘Off Air’. Jane is also the Radio Times’ weekly television columnist. Jane presented BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour for 13 years until the end of 2020. Outside of broadcasting, Jane has chaired events including the Stratford Upon Avon Literary Festival and the Hay Literary Festival. Jane is also a non-Executive director for the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. Jane’s first book, ‘Did I Say that Out Loud?’ with Fi Glover was published in September 2021 followed by a UK theatre tour.

Professor J Helen Cross OBE

Professor Cross is The Prince of Wales’s Chair of Childhood Epilepsy and Director of UCL-Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. Professor Cross is also Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Neurology at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and President of Epilepsy Research UK.

Helen’s research has focused on improving outcomes in early-onset epilepsy, specifically in assessing the role of surgery and the ketogenic diet. Helen is currently the Global President of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) 2021-2025 and President of the charity Young Epilepsy.

Katharine Ford

Katharine is a four-time world record holding ultra-cyclist and was the first-ever Briton to ride 12 hours solo on an indoor velodrome. Katharine was the first woman in her sport’s history to hold the role of President and Chair its global governing body, the World Ultracycling Association, and the first Scot to ride Race Across America across all categories. Since the age of four, Katharine has lived with epilepsy and underwent major transformative brain surgery aged 14. She has experienced severe epilepsy, seizure re-emergence and has had to make major changes to her life and career due to her condition.

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