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Put those trekking boots down, put your feet up and grab a cuppa. We show you how to help people with epilepsy without breaking a sweat, the bank or bones!

What’s inside… By the time you read this leaflet, someone in the UK will be having a seizure. Around 456,000 people in the UK have epilepsy, affecting everyone from babies and children to people later on in life. Together with your support we can help people with epilepsy continue to live as normal a life as possible. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could live in a society where attitudes towards epilepsy are based on fact not fiction? You can help to make this happen. The services for people with epilepsy have improved from 60 years ago, but there are still lots to do. You can help change the future by making it a better one.

How your money helps make a difference We’re proud of what we have achieved but it’s only because of people like you that we have been able to do so much for people with epilepsy. Over 90 per cent of our income comes from the generosity of the general public. Without this support we wouldn’t be able to continue the vital work needed to help

people living with epilepsy. It’s that simple. Every donation we receive, no matter how large or small, helps us in our ongoing commitment to all people with epilepsy.

Your donation makes a big difference. £10  c ould answer the phone to give epilepsy support and advice to someone who needs it. £50

c ould keep an epilepsy specialist nurse supplied with up to date information for their patients

£500 c ould pay for an Accredited Volunteer to provide essential one to one support, advice and information about epilepsy

How your money helps make a difference We’re proud of what we have achieved but it’s only because of people like you that we have been able to do so much for people with epilepsy. Over 90 per cent of our income comes from the generosity of the general public. Without this support we wouldn’t be able to continue the vital work needed to help people living with epilepsy. It’s that simple.

“Every donation we receive, no matter how large or small, helps us in our ongoing commitment to all people with epilepsy.”

Different ways to donate Not everyone has the time to organise there own event or the energy to run a marathon. But there are things you can do in your everyday life to help make a difference.


Don’t let the taxman take all your money!

Celebrate and donate It’s true, we are a nation of hoarders. It is estimated, in Britain there are £451m worth of unused foot spas, as well as millions of pounds of bread makers, sandwich toasters and fondue sets. If you don’t like it, I’ve kept the receipt No, I love it! If this sounds familiar we may be able to help! Have you ever received an unwanted gift? Or put something in the back of your wardrobe only to collect dust? Let’s face it we’ve all been in that awkward situation, when you receive that “lovely” knitted

jumper for your birthday. Or does the thought of having to return unwanted toasters fill you with dread. Well now you can share your special day and help people with epilepsy. Ask for donations instead of receiving gifts for celebrations such as: Birthday’s Anniversaries Civil Ceremony Partnerships Wedding’s Christening’s For further information please complete the form on the back page, or call 0113 210 8800 and ask to speak to someone in the fundraising team. Maybe you know someone who is lucky enough to have

Payroll Giving, what is it?

everything already? Why not donate to Epilepsy Action on their behalf. Visit our online shop www.epilepsy.org.uk/shop and buy a virtual gift. We can send you donation cards and envelopes to hand out to your family and friends. It couldn’t be easier! Disclaimer - We cannot guarantee that your grandma won’t stop knitting you your jumpers!

Lose weight and donate!! Cut out those calories, by skipping a cappuccino. Did you know that on average there are 175 calories in your morning cappuccino, and I won’t even mention what that adds up to when you order a blueberry muffin as well. Next time you’re tempted to grab a cuppa think about what you could do with the money instead. The average cost for a cappuccino is £2.29*, if you had one coffee a day for a month

it would cost you a whopping £46, and a total of 3500 calories. Now let’s do that for a year, and at £550 and 42,000 calories later, well know what I would rather do… For every cappuccino you cut out why don’t you put your change into our handy, desk top home money boxes. To order you’re free home money box visit our website www.epilepsy.org.uk/involved/ homemoneybox and simply place your order.

Payroll giving is an easy and tax free way of donating on a regular basis to support people with epilepsy. You can choose the amount you want to donate which is taken from your salary (before any tax is deducted). To give you an idea how it works, if you donated £10.00 a month the actual cost to you is only £7.80! (Based on the basic tax rate of 22 per cent). So the great news is, it costs less for you to give!

we can plan for the future. And because of these regular payments, we don’t have to spend money on raising money! For further information please complete the form on the back page, or call 0113 210 8800 and ask to speak to someone in the fundraising team.

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Payroll donations are a reliable source of income which means There are various ways you can recycle unwanted items and raise money. Do you have old coins, stamps or mobile phones taking up space at home? Why not send them to us. Working with Community Fonebak, for every mobile phone sent to us that can be refurbished and resold, we will receive £4. By recycling your unwanted handset, you will also provide much needed, affordable communications to people living in developing countries. So your donation goes even further, all the way to Africa! You can send your unwanted phones and accessories to Community Fonebak Scheme, Epilepsy Action, New Anstey House,Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7XY

Stamps and coins What to collect Any coins and bank notes Any foreign coins - leftover holiday change Any postage stamps, including used British and foreign stamps You can send your used stamps to the address below. Make sure you have added enough postage to the package to avoid surplus postage fees. Epilepsy Action, New Anstey House,Yeadon, Leeds, LS19 7 XY Epilepsy Action will receive £3 for every 1kg of old and foreign coins and notes. For further information please complete the form on the back page, or call 0113 210 8800 and ask to speak to someone in the fundraising team.


Give as you shop …you don’t have to feel guilty for buying those news shoes! Yes that’s right you can donate money whilst shopping on the internet. Shop with any of these companies through our website and they’ll make a donation to help Epilepsy Action’s work.

Visit our website for more information www.epilepsy. org.uk/involved/mall There’s no extra effort or payment on your part, just enter their shop through our website. For further information please complete the form on the back page, or call 0113 210 8800 and ask to speak to someone in the fundraising team. Donation form – don’t include membership details.

And if you thought that wasn’t enough…

Increase your donation Maybe you have recently donated to Epilepsy Action but didn’t gift aid your donation. You can instantly increase this at no extra cost.  Gift Aid allows charities to reclaim the basic rate of tax on donations received from UK taxpayers. Gift Aid is a great way of maximising the value of donations at no extra cost to you and with minimal administration for us. It is an extremely effective way to fundraise. As long as you are a taxpayer, all you have to do is give a simple Gift Aid declaration. A single

Gift Aid declaration can cover any number of donations from that you, applying to future donations and to donations received over the past four years. You can work out the amount of tax you can reclaim by dividing the amount donated by four. This means that for every £1 donated, you can claim an extra 25 pence. Imagine what a difference this could make! For those of you that would rather help by giving a regular or one off donation you can

complete the form below. Please return to the freepost address Freepost, LS0995, Leeds, LS19 7YY If you would like any information about the various ways you can donate please contact 0113 210 8800. However you choose to help, your donation will make a real difference to the lives of people with epilepsy.


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