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And so to Glasgow and Kelvindale Primary School

Kelvindale Primary School is a hidden gem, a tardis from the outside that educates a total of 400 primary school children and so big behind its front door that Anna and I got lost! We talked about epilepsy twice at this lovely school, first of all to the primary 4 - 7 pupils, followed by the primary 1 - 3 pupils. In fact, I had reinvented my presentation a little bit since the last talk, in an attempt to engage a little better with the younger children and it worked.

I suppose our presentation continues to evolve. Ann-Marie's slides are better than ever and we are now involving the children in the presentation using giant sized letters that spell out the word epilepsy. We discuss running for speed and running for distance and we talk about marathons and fundraising. I show them our recent entry in to the Guinness World Record Book for the most money ever raised for a calendar at charity auction. The children are always spell bound when I tell them about Muir and their questions are prolific. The older children engage beautifully when we talk about famous people in history who have epilepsy. We even talk about what they want to be when they grow up.

The Mum On the Run for Epilepsy campaign really has momentum now and MORE is increasingly the word of the moment - more schools are signing up by the day, there is much more chat about epilepsy, more important questions are asked by children who want to learn about this condition and understand its consequences. More awareness is the outcome and of course, we are also hoping that along the way, more funds will be raised for the cause.

In the meantime, I am acquiring more miles under the feet, running at every opportunity in anticipation of next year's London Marathon.  The MMT team are loving our campaign, taking the subject of epilepsy to children has to be the best way to demystify epilepsy and honesty is the best policy, no matter what the question - always answered sensitively of course. We want the young people of today who are our grown-ups of tomorrow, to understand much more about epilepsy, in order to remove the stigma and engender kindness and understanding for those with the condition. Equally we want them to be aware of those children like Muir who are so profoundly affected by epilepsy that they do not attend main stream school. Our children of today must help us look after our profoundly learning disabled adults of tomorrow. The earlier they know of their existence, the better.

Anna and I stayed for the full length of the school assemblies and we both remarked on how well young primary school children of today sit quietly listening and paying attention throughout a long assembly. The teaching staff are to be commended too. Our schools are doing a great job and the fact that the decision makers have the presence of mind to invite us in to talk about epilepsy is commendable too.

Below are quotes received from some pupils:

"I thought it was very moving and it helped me understand more about epilepsy." 

"I found it interesting that so many famous people suffer from epilepsy and it hasn’t held them back."

"I think it was very personal and Ann was very brave to tell us about her son. She is doing a great job telling people how epilepsy affects people and their families."

"I found the presentation interesting and moving and it made me want to learn more about the condition."

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