We have taken two significant measures in response to the unprecedented situation with COVID19 in the interest of our service users, members, fantastic volunteers and our staff. Each of these are explained in more detail at each link, however, in short:
Unfortunately with the continuing concern regarding the Coronavirus, Epilepsy Ireland has made the difficult decision to cancel all public Purple Day fundraising events (March 26th).
We have communicated this decision to all our dedicated volunteers around the country who were planning on holding public events or selling our purple wristbands to the public.
In response to the emerging situation with COVID19 and in the interest of public safety of our members, service users and staff, Epilepsy Ireland have taken the decision to suspend all group-based events and community awareness events. This includes support groups, training programmes, self-management groups, seminars and other group-based activities. As announced yesterday, our important Purple Day (LINK) public fundraising activities have also been cancelled.
University College Cork Researcher, Carla Engel, has contacted Epilepsy Ireland seeking input from young adults with epilepsy to complete an online survey for ongoing research on the factors surrounding the well-being of young adults with long-term conditions or illnesses.
Following confirmed cases of Coronavirus or COVID19 in the Republic Of Ireland, we have received a small number of queries about what the virus could mean for people with epilepsy.
The queries have related to (1) whether there is any increased risk or susceptibility to the virus as a result of having epilepsy and (2) in relation to potential supply issues of epilepsy medications.
(1) Risk for People With Epilepsy
Expert Electrical have announced they have selected Epilepsy Ireland as their charity partner for 2020 and 2021.
Expert, who are Ireland’s largest electrical retailer and have 67 stores nationwide, have pledged their support to the only organisation in the Country that caters for people with epilepsy and their families.