ORGANISERS of the Lechlade Festival have announced that they will be supporting national charity Epilepsy Society this year.

Festival goers can support the society as part of National Epilepsy Week at the festival, which takes place on the banks of the River Thames in Lechlade, from May 23 to 25.

Lechlade resident Wendy Martyn Sherwin is organising a 24 hour dance-a-thon which will start and end at the festival.

Wendy said: “My niece, Georgie, suffered from nocturnal epilepsy all her life and this charity is particularly close to our hearts after she lost her battle with her illness and passed away last October. Georgie loved Lechlade and she loved coming here. This charity event held at the festival is to remember her short but wonderful life and we are grateful to be able to hold it somewhere that she loved to be.”

Epilepsy Society is the leading national epilepsy medical charity working for everyone affected by epilepsy, through their cutting edge research, awareness campaigns and expert care.

Helen Stevens, events and community fundraising assistant for the Epilepsy Society said: “Our vision is a full life for everyone affected by epilepsy. We want everyone affected by epilepsy to have the best opportunity for a full life – as free from seizures as possible. We set out to make a difference to every person affected by epilepsy whatever their background, whether they have the condition themselves or are close to someone with epilepsy.”