Supporter Pete Skarparis did the Big Fun Run for us recently – here he tells you why he supports our research.

“On Saturday 29th October 2016, some friends and I ran 5km at Crystal Palace Park for Epilepsy Research UK (ERUK). This was the second time in 2 years that had I gathered a team to run and fundraise money for ERUK.

Why did I choose to run for ERUK over other charities? For starters, I used to help ERUK with their marketing communications programmes. As I got to know Deborah, Jo and the team my relationship with them extended beyond simply agency and client. I was able to get a behind the scenes look into what ERUK do and why they do it. I have had the privilege of meeting ERUK’s researchers and board members. Through these meetings and forums I have been able to appreciate ERUK even more. Further to all this, I have a personal connection to epilepsy; I once had an epileptic seizure and know well the medication, doctors’ appointments, procedures and everything else associated with the condition.

It is for all these above combined reasons I continue to support ERUK.

Crystal Palace Park did not attract quite as many runners to this Big Fun Run event vs Victoria Park in East London two years ago yet it was still a great day. The weather was mildly warm for late October and the sky was clear. Funny costumes were worn and people of all ages were running for their chosen charity. Two of my eight friends snatched 1st and 2nd place and I was able to run the full 5km without stopping or walking which was my main goal.

My friends and I realise that 5km for a lot of Brits is a stroll in the park however for us it was anything but. It was a genuine challenge to our day to day fitness activities. We therefore thank everyone who could appreciate what we were doing and we appreciate their generous donations in return. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. You helped our donation total rise from £123 to £2,188 in a week. My target was £1,000. What an effort. A massive thanks to all.

I look forward to running again for ERUK in 2017.”

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