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A grant of £6,403 has been awarded to Epilepsy Scotland from the Scottish Children’s Lottery to support its work with young people with epilepsy in Edinburgh.

Epilepsy Scotland offers support to anyone in Scotland with epilepsy as well as their families, carers and employers. The organisation campaigns for improved healthcare and an end to stigma, and influence policies that will affect the welfare of people with epilepsy.

The grant from the Scottish Children’s Lottery will fund the charity’s youth service in Edinburgh, which enables young people with epilepsy to get together and take part in motivating weekly activities and residential weekends, support and workshops.

Gemma Fleet, Fundraising Manager at Epilepsy Scotland, said: “These activities and residential weekends are so important for young people with epilepsy and their families. We know that they make a positive difference and we are so thankful to funders like the Scottish Children’s Lottery who make this project possible.”

The Scottish Children’s Lottery was launched in October 2016 to raise money for children in Scotland, with proceeds helping to improve the lives of children right across the country and make a real difference to those who need it most.

Trustee Alan Eccles represents Chance to Succeed, which operates as a society lottery under the Scottish Children’s Lottery. Chance to Succeed supports projects that focus on employability and employment skills, helping to deliver a productive future for our young people.

Eccles said: “Chance to Succeed believes that every young person in Scotland deserves a chance to be seen, prove themselves and forge a successful career for themselves. By supporting Epilepsy Scotland we hope to help deliver a productive future for our young people.

“Thank you to those who play the Scottish Children’s Lottery – you are helping to support the great work that our charities undertake.”

Charities that support children in Scotland can apply online for Scottish Children’s Lottery funding.