Keith Davies AM this week sponsored an Epilepsy Action Cymru event in the Senedd, ahead of National Epilepsy Week 2012. The event showed the hard work of the organisation representing interests and improving the lives of people with epilepsy.
There are over 32,000 people in Wales with Epilepsy, 600 of which are from Llanelli. Within Hywel Dda Health Board there are 5000 people, which makes raising the profile and campaigning for Epilepsy vital.
Ambassadors include Llanelli’s Dai Greene, who won Gold for the 400m Hurdles at the World Championships last year, who has said: “I can’t think of a single reason why my epilepsy would stop me winning a medal in 2012.”
Keith Davies AM said:
“My constituency is home to two of Epilepsy Action Cymru’s seven local branches, Llanelli and Bury Port & Pembrey, respectively, and I attended a Family Support Group at the latter last year.”
“Epilepsy should not stop any aspect of people’s lives, especially under the Equality Act which makes it illegal for employers to treat people unfairly because of their epilepsy. In employment for example, transport can sometimes be a barrier, the question to ask is ‘can I do the job?’ And if so, you should apply.”
“I was pleased to sponsor the event, and thanks to everyone involved in the organisation for all their hard work.”
The organisation has successfully campaigned for changes in many different areas – in law, medical practice, scientific knowledge, social attitudes and public awareness.