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Mary and Hamish McGregor-Smith

Cycle Challenge Costa Rica - Coast to Coast

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]In order to raise awareness of [b]EPILEPSY[/b], Mary and Hamish are cycling across Costa Rica from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic coast. [/p][p]We are raising money for the charity [b]Epilepsy Research UK[/b] and are grateful of any donation you make. All donations go to Epilepsy Research UK in full, we have paid our own travel and other expenses ourselves. [b]Thank you[/b]. [/p][p]Here is a short message about epilepsy:[/p][p] [/p][p][b]Epilepsy[/b] is a common condition that effects the brain and causes frequent seizures (burst of electrical activity within the brain that temporarily affects its normal function). [/p][p] However, a lot is [b]unknown[/b] about Epilepsy due to its wide ranging nature.[/p][p] [/p][p] One person in appx. every [b]103 people[/b] are effected by Epilepsy.[/p][p] Epilepsy can effect anyone and can start at [b]any age[/b].[/p][p] [/p][p] There are no visual symptoms of Epilepsy except for seizures - attempts are made to reduce the occurrence of seizures to improve the quality of life of the individual and those closest to them. Hence, seizure may not always be as frequent as you expect.[/p][p] [/p][p] Seizures take a [b]wide variety[/b] of forms (and do not all involve collapsing and total loss of body control):[/p][p] [/p][p] losing awareness of your surroundings[/p][p]blankly staring into space[/p][p]becoming stiff[/p][p]strange sensations within your body[/p][p]uncontrollable jerking[/p][p]collapsing[/p][p] [/p][p] The reasons for the onset of epilepsy vary and are often unclear. For example, epilepsy can be genetic, or it can be caused by a brain infection, alcohol misuse, a brain injury, lack of oxygen at birth, a stroke..... [/p][p] [/p][p] Epilepsy Research UK fund research to better understand the condition to understand how to better treat and improve the lives of those with Epilepsy.[/p][p] If you would like to hear researchers explain their research into epilepsy, please watch the video linked here: [/p][p] [url=https://youtu.be/fLrw95RygMw]https://youtu.be/fLrw95RygMw[/url][/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

02 Nov 2019


Nov 25, 2019

Tim Hou

Good job Hamish, great cause!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Nov 23, 2019

Clare Sidwell

What a fab trip and fab cause. Good luck with the ride - happy cycling xx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Nov 18, 2019



Nov 14, 2019

Phil Roberts

Well done Mary and Hamish! Excellent cause!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Nov 12, 2019

Paul Bowen

Well done great effort.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Nov 12, 2019


Well done Mary

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Nov 4, 2019


Best wishes and cycle safely

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 24, 2019

Rosie B

Good luck!!!


Oct 20, 2019


£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Oct 7, 2019

The Burlings

Best of luck to you both

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid