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Will Young Epilepsy’s Champion Award Go to Edinburgh Youth Worker?

Added: 24 March 2015, 09:38

 Epilepsy Scotland Press Release:

Monday 23 March 2015:00.00 No embargo


Will Young Epilepsy’s Champion Award Go to Edinburgh Youth Worker?


Epilepsy Scotland’s Edinburgh Youth Worker Zoe Reid is in line for her third national award in five years.  She has been shortlisted in the ‘Supporting the Community’ category for the 2015 awards run by UK charity Young Epilepsy.  Like the Oscars, Zoe Reid’s performance will be judged by her peers.  She will attend the presentation ceremony at London’s City Hall with other nominees on Purple Day on 26 March, the international date to celebrate epilepsy awareness.


Proud of Zoe Reid and of what she has achieved, Epilepsy Scotland’s Chief Executive Lesslie Young explained: ‘We understand that Zoe’s nomination was chosen from hundreds of applications representing individuals and organisations from all over the UK. This is testimony to the enthusiastic and consistently high standard of support she gives to so many people.  We hope this excellence will be recognised and of course we are rooting for her!  It’s totally appropriate the awards are on Purple Day, the day dedicated to raising the awareness of epilepsy internationally.’


Zoe Reid admits she is really humbled to be commended for this award and said: ‘I am over the moon that I have even been considered for this award!  I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have this job and to have the opportunity to help and support such inspirational young people.  This award isn’t just for me; it’s also for all the resilient and awe-inspiring young people I work with.’


Notes to Editor


1. Epilepsy Scotland works with people living with epilepsy to ensure that their voice is heard.  We campaign for improved healthcare, better information provision and an end to stigma.  This common serious neurological condition affects one in 97 people.  We represent 54,000 people with epilepsy, their families and carers living in Scotland.  Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers support and information, text 07786 209501, email:, find us on facebook or twitter @epilepsy_scot or 


2. More details of Young Epilepsy Champion Awards at


3. Zoe Reid has won a Barnardos and Marsh Trust Award for outstanding work with children and families (2010) and a silver award from Youthlink Scotland (2011).  The 2015 Young Epilepsy Champion Awards evening ceremony takes place at City Hall, London, SE1 2AA


4. For further information or to arrange/have a photograph with Zoe Reid, please contact: Allana Parker, Public Affairs Officer with Epilepsy Scotland on 0141 427 4911.