On Wednesday, 1 June 2022, residents and staff at the Epilepsy Society had more than one reason to celebrate at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee street party.

Not only has the Queen been patron of the charity for seven decades, but her Platinum Jubilee also coincides with the charity’s 130th birthday.

200 residents, staff, friends and families donned their best red, white and blue to toast the Queen and celebrate the important role she has played as patron of the UK charity.

And, at the same time, they marked the charity’s birthday with a special cake.

House manager, Ian Henry flies the flag (Credit: The Epilepsy Society)

Nicola Swanborough, Head of External Affairs at the charity said:

“We have always been very proud to have the Queen as our patron. Her Majesty and many members of the Royal family have visited our headquarters in Buckinghamshire on several occasions and have seen the important work we carry out to support people with epilepsy. They have always shown a keen interest in our pioneering research into the causes and treatment of epilepsy.

“The street party was a wonderful opportunity to get together and celebrate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne and we feel privileged to have been one of her charities throughout her long reign. And, of course, it was an ideal time to celebrate 130 years of research.”

Crowning glory for one resident at the party
Crowning glory for one resident at the party (Credit: The Epilepsy Society)

Epilepsy Society is the UK’s leading provider of epilepsy services. Its headquarters in Buckinghamshire are a centre for medical research into the condition, housing the only MRI scanner in the UK dedicated solely to epilepsy.

The charity operates a globally unique NHS epilepsy assessment facility providing individual assessment, rehabilitation training and ground-breaking research opportunities. What’s more is that they provide residential care to around 100 people with severe epilepsy.

As the UK’s only charity transforming the lives of people with epilepsy through world-leading research, advocacy and care, the Epilepsy society puts people at the heart of everything they do. They hope to see the day when epilepsy is irrelevant.

Epilepsy Society runs a confidential helpline on Monday and Tuesday from 9am – 4pm and on Wednesdays from 9am – 7.30pm.

The charity runs tailor-made training programmes for health professionals, employers and individuals whilst also providing a comprehensive range of training and qualifications for staff members. 

Visit Epilepsy Society to find out more.

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