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MMT's 10th Anniversary Celebration

Madam Butterfly at Middle Temple

Thursday 21st March 2013

Who would believe it is almost 10 years ago that we launched the Muir Maxwell Trust? And it seems that 10 years on we are still going strong. This gives us huge cause for celebration!

Importantly, it is the enormous contribution that our supporters have helped us make to Paediatric Epilepsy services in the UK that we must acknowledge. Whilst we have had great fun fundraising along the way, we have witnessed a commitment and passion for our cause amongst our loyal supporters that has truly enabled a real and lasting difference to be made.

We have networked with families and epilepsy nurses across the UK and identified areas of weakness making relevant contributions wherever possible to provide practical support to families in the home, in hospital and in school. We have helped improve the diagnostic process installing state of the art video telemetry equipment and portable telemetry units in many of the UK's centres of excellence. We have supported specialist ketogenic diet clinics, dieticians and nurses. We have sponsored a state of the art DNA service that now enables an accurate diagnosis and treatment of some of the most complex genetic epilepsy syndromes in children which have contributed in turn to a giant leap forward in researching these conditions and the life style consequences. We have funded thousands of potentially lifesaving epilepsy alarms and now we are focused on identifying causes, improving treatments and improving quality of life for families struggling to cope with the devastating consequences of complex epilepsy with early onset in childhood, in a partnership with Edinburgh University to establish the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre - a collaborative research centre without walls taking outcomes from the science laboratory for the benefit of the child with epilepsy and their family.

A celebration of these achievements and the more that is still to come, will take place in the borough of Middle Temple in London on Thursday 21st March 2013, with a unique event combining opera and art. With the support of many celebrated artists who will be donating covetable art for auction and a performance of Madam Butterfly by new opera company, Opera Bohemia, we hope to continue our theme of truly outstanding fundraising events to mark this extremely special occasion.

Further enquiries should be directed to Anna Smaill at anna.smaill@muirmaxwelltrust.com or call  her on 0131 273 5256.

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