Fundraiser Jimmy gets on his bike

Moray man Jimmy Wilson who is to embark on a cycle tour of the North-east to raise awareness and funds for epilepsy support groups.
Moray man Jimmy Wilson who is to embark on a cycle tour of the North-east to raise awareness and funds for epilepsy support groups.

A MORAY man is planning to cycle around the North-east raising awareness and funds for the area’s epilepsy support groups.

Jimmy Wilson, who has the condition, will set off from Lossiemouth and cover around 240 miles visiting each office of the Quarriers Epilepsy Fieldwork and support groups.

The fieldwork service provides information and support at a local level to people with epilepsy, their families and carers.

Jimmy said: “I am doing this because I have epilepsy and have been supported by Quarriers for over 12 years. After diagnosis I was referred to the Scottish Assessment Centre run by Quarriers in Bridge of Weir where they assessed what type of epilepsy I had.

“I waited for some years after the assessment, still having seizures despite trying many different medications. It was then found possible for me to have surgery for epilepsy with the advances in technology and surgery techniques.

“Throughout this period I was supported by the Quarriers epilepsy fieldworkers in Moray. Their support with practical matters and emotionally was invaluable.

“I also became involved in support groups, making a video showing what people with epilepsy could do and helping to plan a conference.”

Before surgery, Jimmy used to cycle regularly and a year ago was given the go-ahead by doctors to resume his hobby and is now out and about every day.

During his fundraiser he will call in at the Epilepsy Fieldwork Office in Bridge Street, Ellon, on Thursday, June 14, to meet and talk to people.

Anyone wanting to sponsor Jimmy can visit www.justgiving.com/quarriersepilepsy