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Farnell hold 20th Golf Day in aid of the Epilepsy Research Institute

Electronics company Farnell have held their 20th Golf Day in aid of the Epilepsy Research Institute. Last night, our Chief Executive, Rosemarie Pardington, and Events & Community Fundraising Manager, James Gaydon, were delighted to attend the event in Leeds and formerly gave their sincere thanks to the Farnell’s team and sponsors for their generosity and commitment to our research programme.

Long-term supporters Farnell have regularly fundraised to support our research since the tragic loss of former CEO John Hirst’s son, James, to SUDEP at the age of just 21. Over the past two decades, the company has held regular golf events in his memory, raising over £200,000 to date through the phenomenal support of their sponsors and golfers.  

Organised by Katie Lawal, yesterday saw approximately 70 Farnell team members, suppliers and customers travel from far and wide to be part of the occasion. 

Speaking on behalf of the Institute, Chief Executive Rosemarie Pardington said, “Farnell’s longstanding support of research into epilepsy is truly remarkable and we are hugely grateful for their commitment. Our work is sustained by companies like Farnell and the vital research breakthroughs we all want to see are brought ever closer by their generosity. We look forward to continuing to work together towards our shared goal of improving the lives of people affected by epilepsy.  The Farnell Golf Day has become a treasured tradition and the combined effort of everyone involved has helped to significantly advanced our research and bring cutting-edge treatments closer for countless people living with the condition.”

It is widely recognised research is the key to achieving better diagnoses, treatments, and understanding of the causes of epilepsy to reduce the risk of sudden death in people with epilepsy. The Farnell community has shown incredible compassion, supporting our cause and raising awareness for over two decades and everyone at the Institute is in awe of the determination and generosity.

The Institute looks forward to continuing to work towards the shared vision of ‘a life free of epilepsy’ and were delighted to hear that the Farnell have already begun to make plans for next year’s event!

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